Cart's writing is always readable and humorous....a necessary addition.... (VOYA, October 2007
...well-expressed, original ideas...will help librarians better serve young patrons. (Booklist, 10/15/2007
I am persuaded that "a new age" has come and am ever sure that Michael Cart is its harbinger. (Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Spring 2008
Cart (young adult literature, U. of California, Los Angeles), former director of the Beverly Hills Public Library, is a force in the movement to improve the quality and relevance of young adult (YA) literature, as reflected in this collection of articles and speeches. He remarks on the current state of YA literature and describes the growth of the field in both quality and quantity, examines the work of Robert Lipsyte and the creation of the Michael L. Printz Award, analyzes the impact of the graphic novel, examines the idea that libraries are refuges and retreats, recounts the role of humor and remembers friends and fellow warriors in the fight for quality YA literature. He pleads for more attention to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning literature for the YA segment, and advocates seeking and helping young adults at risk through the power of reading and communicating. (Reference and Research Book News, May 2007
About the Author
, recipient of the Grolier Foundation Award for distinguished contributions to young people and literature, teaches young adult literature at UCLA and is the author or editor of a dozen books, including the young adult novel My Father's Scar
, which was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and The Heart Has Its Reasons: Young Adult Literature with Gay/Lesbian/Queer Content, 1969-2004
, coauthored with Christine A. Jenkins, (The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 2006).