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500 Great Books for Teens by Anita Silvey

500 Great Books for Teens

by Anita Silvey

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I was grateful to the YA librarian at my public library for recommending and loaning me this title from his reference collection, complete with his sticky notes and personal comments which just added to the reading experience. Although I recognized some titles and authors, I felt like I had gotten to know many more, and reading Anita Silvery's comments peaked my interest in many of the titles. Most surprising to me was that despite this book's format, it felt like a real read and was hard to put down once I got started. I will definitely be adding this valuable title to my reference collection.
  ydenomy | Aug 11, 2010 |
While no teen or adult could be expected to read and like every suggestion in this guid, there are many great recommendations for a variety of readers. It is also helpful for children's librarians and educators who want to build a solid teen collection and also find books to read and review.
  YAlit | May 8, 2009 |
Essential reading for anyone who cares about teens and what to suggest they read next. Broken out by genre, this book has annotations about the plot and, in some cases, the back story -- it's fun to read all on its own. ( )
  jazzlit | May 12, 2007 |
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If you are looking for a book to give to a teenage reader, here's the reference you've been waiting for. Until now, there's been no accepted guide to what's good, bad, or indifferent in the flood of books coming off the presses in the hot new category of young-adult publishing. If it's true that you can't judge a book by its cover, it is especially true for teen books, as publishers take aim at a new class of readers. The books land on shelves without a history, and so there is no standard by which to judge them.

Anita Silvey, one of the country's leading authorities on books for young people, has interviewed teenage readers all over the country and immersed herself in young-adult books, with an emphasis on books published in the last five years. The result is this invaluable and very readable guide for parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers, reading groups, and of course teens themselves.

With its extended essays describing 500 selections, parents will quickly see what their teenagers are actually reading -- and will be able to find good books to introduce them to. Teachers can spot excellent additions to summer reading lists. Booksellers can move customers from one favorite to a host of others in the same genre. Librarians can round out collections. Book groups -- for adults, teens, or both -- will have hundreds of new titles to consider.

500 Great Books for Teens is divided into twenty-one sections, including adventure and survival, politics and social history, horror, romance, war and conflict, fantasy, plays, graphic novels, poetry, memoir, and spirituality. Every section offers up classics, but the majority of titles are new. In "Beyond the 500," Silvey compiles a number of useful lists, including books organized by geographic location and historical period, as well as recommended audio books.

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Thousands of books for teens are published every year, but until now no general reference has existed. Anita Silvey"s book is the one everyone has been waiting for. Parents will see what their teenagers are actually reading and be able to lead them to the best of an overwhelming bunch. Teachers will spot excellent additions to summer reading lists. Booksellers will have a host of suggestions in every genre to offer their customers. Librarians can round out collections, teens can choose their own books, and both teen and mother-daughter book groups can make the best selections. 500 Great Books for Teens is divided into twenty-one sections, including adventure and survival, horror, graphic novels, humor, mystery, and poetry, each with additional reading lists. Silvey"s cogent descriptions of the plot and essential style of each book make it exceptionally easy for anyone to decide whether a book will appeal to a specific teen reader. The books are also grouped by geographic area and time period because teachers often assign book reports this way. Sixty of the best audio books are also listed.… (more)

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