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Cart's Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review [Kindle Edition]

Michael Cart
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Book Description

Michael Cart, former YALSA president and the best-selling author of Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, applies his considerable expertise as one of the nation s leading experts on YA literature to identify exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults recreational reading tastes. Drawing on his work as columnist and critic for Booklist, Cart bases his recommendations on the notoriously choosy reading interests of today s older young adults, and his roundup of high-quality titles

Features only the best of the best no cheesy star bios or chick lit lite here
Covers a wide range of genres, from graphic novels and real-life adventures to romance and speculative fiction
Includes numerous read-alikes and related-titles lists, making it a great tool for both collection development and readers advisory
Makes finding a great book easy, with multiple indexes and thorough annotation

Put together with insight and obvious affection, Cart's guide spotlights hundreds of great books for a hard-to-satisfy audience

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Cart (a noted expert in young adult literature and Booklist contributor) has seen the canon morph in ways no librarian could have foretold, and he still believes there’s no absolute answer to the question, “What kind of adult books interest and benefit young adults?” In this slim yet valuable addition to young adult literature resources, Cart reviews adult books from the past two decades (although a couple of classics sneak in via reprints). He divides the book into two sections—“Fiction” and “Nonfiction”—and categorizes each book with a symbol to inform the user of genre or type. Come for the stellar lists but stay for the deftly written annotations. Cart includes a succinct description of plot and characters, employing the language of appeal. He also notes any awards the book has earned and film adaptations. The selections cover the spectrum of genres and topics. This book is ideal for browsing, but readers may have a hard time putting it down, wanting to read just one more enticing entry. Book-group facilitators and collection developers will also find some great suggestions in here, too. A worthy purchase for all public library collections. --Kaite Mediatore Stover

About the Author

Michael Cart is a nationally known expert in young adult literature, which he taught at UCLA before his recent relocation to the Midwest. A columnist and reviewer for ALA s Booklist magazine, he is also the author or editor of 20 books and countless articles that have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Parents Magazine, American Libraries, School Library Journal, and elsewhere. The former president of both YALSA and ALAN, he is the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Award and the first recipient in 2008 of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Award. He appointed and chaired the Task Force that created the Michael L. Printz Award and subsequently chaired the 2006 Printz Committee.

Product Details

  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn (February 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for English teachers and literacy educators September 8, 2013
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This is a great resource. The only issue I have with it is that it'd be more helpful to have online and for far less money. The people who really need it--public school English teachers--can hardly afford it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for YA collections! November 5, 2013
Although this books is a bit expensive, it's a great resource for librarians who want to assess the strength of their YA collections. The book also includes two supplemental lists: “Not to be Missed: Books Notable for Their Overall Excellence,” and “Something Entirely Different: Books Notable for Their Originality.” It will be of interest to YA librarians and anyone else interested in keeping up with good current fiction and nonfiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind Guide to Hidden Gems June 25, 2013
In my experience as a public librarian, teens generally start investigating literature marketed for adults while they are in high school. After all, these kids are reading sophisticated "adult" books in school, sharpening their reading chomps. For years, librarians have been challenged to find relevant, accessible materials for these readers. Cart's collection brings together the result of all those years spent plucking the best books out of the ceaseless flow of adult titles. He covers fiction and nonfiction, hitting all the popular interests of young adult readers. And he does it with characteristic panache! After perusing this book, the challenge is less to find books for teen readers than to resist the urge to read them all yourself.
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1.0 out of 5 stars paltry reference advice April 11, 2013
Cart's selections and summaries promise too much and produce too little for the asking price. Librarians have to cease relying on outsized claims of professional overview rather than on cyclical evaluation of multiple reviewers in Booklist, VOYA, Choice, and Library Journal.
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