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Best books for young adults
Carter, Betty, 1944-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, IL : American Library Association, [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 229 pages ; 26 cm
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PN1009.A1 C255 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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In this revised edition, Betty Carter and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) offer insights and guidance that should help teachers and parents direct contemporary young readers through the ever-changing world of young adult literature.

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Booklist Review

Since the first edition's release in 1994, Best Books for Young Adults has become an essential resource for both library media centers and language arts classrooms. With so many outstanding new titles for older teens now being published, this update will prove both timely and useful. The core of the book is the 25 bibliographies of best books chosen from 1966 through 1999, which have been compiled by Carter with help from former Booklist books for youth editor Sally Estes, and Linda Waddle, deputy executive director of YALSA. The author-by-author, year-by-year, and topic-by-topic lists of exceptional books include a one-sentence plot synopsis after each title, and are formatted for easy reproduction as handouts or flyers (permission to copy is granted for nonprofit educational purposes). In the topical section, categories such as "Not Quite Human" and "The Writing Life" go beyond expected YA genre reading, and a thorough index makes every entry easy to find. The introductory essays are also enlightening, especially Carter's fresh look at trends in young adult publishing. --Roger Leslie

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Part 1 Background
Selecting the Bestp. 2
Trends in Young Adult Publishingp. 9
Topical Listsp. 14
Too Good to Missp. 17
Adventurep. 18
Animalsp. 20
Familyp. 22
Leaving Homep. 23
Fathers and Sonsp. 23
Mothers and Daughtersp. 24
Fantasyp. 25
Friendshipp. 27
Historical Fictionp. 29
The Holocaustp. 31
Humorp. 33
Mysteryp. 35
Not Quite Humanp. 37
Other Livesp. 39
Questp. 41
Romancep. 43
Short Takesp. 45
Sportsp. 47
Starting Overp. 49
Survivalp. 51
Suspensep. 53
Warp. 55
Westernsp. 57
The Writing Lifep. 59
Youth in Troublep. 61
Part 2 The Book Lists, 1966-1999
The Books by Authorp. 64
The Books by Yearp. 164
The Best of the Best by Preconferencep. 187
Appendix BBYA Policies and Proceduresp. 192
Indexp. 197