Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Cart's Top 200 Adults Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Cart's Top 200 Adults Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review

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Cart's Top 200 Adults Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review. By Michael Cart. Chicago: ALA, 2013. 136 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0838911587).

Booklist columnist and critic Michael Cart uses his expertise in young adult literature to select 200 adult fiction and non-fiction titles with high appeal to young adults. Each entry gives an overview of the plot and themes of the title in question. Cart's enthusiasm for his subject comes through clearly in his peppy, conversational tone, and his wide knowledge base is evident in the plentiful read-alike suggestions.

Entries are coded by genre in fiction, by subject in nonfiction, and by other factors, such as whether they have won the Alex Award or fall under the category of "literature of inclusion." Category names appear as abbreviations following the appropriate titles. A title and author index is included, but works are not indexed by the genre, which somewhat limits the book's potential usefulness as a quick reference. …

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