500 Great Books for Teens by Anita Silvey

By Anita Silvey

If you're looking for a publication to offer to a teenage reader, here is the reference you have been anticipating. formerly, there is been no authorised advisor to what is reliable, undesirable, or detached within the flood of books coming off the presses within the scorching new classification of young-adult publishing. If it truly is precise that you simply cannot pass judgement on a e-book by way of its disguise, it really is very true for youngster books, as publishers take objective at a brand new type of readers. The books land on cabinets with no historical past, and so there is not any commonplace in which to pass judgement on them.

Anita Silvey, one of many country's best specialists on books for kids, has interviewed teenage readers all around the state and immersed herself in young-adult books, with an emphasis on books released within the final 5 years. the result's this worthwhile and extremely readable consultant for fogeys, lecturers, librarians, booksellers, examining teams, and naturally children themselves.

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After his death, the Anne Frank Foundation decided to make the entire diary available. With about 30 percent more material than in the original version, the definitive edition gives a better sense of Anne's growing sexual awareness and of her observations about people. For over fifty years, The Diary of a Young Girl has described the horror of the war as seen through the eyes of a young woman. " JACK GANTOS Hole in My Life 14–18 • Farrar, Straus • 2002 • 200 pp. PRINTZ HONOR A well-loved and respected author of children's and young adult books, Jack Gantos moves in this extraordinary book into territory not often explored by such writers.

DAVID SEDARIS Me Talk Pretty One Day 14–18 • Little, Brown • 2000 • 272 pp. A zany satirist with heart, David Sedaris has a genius for turning autobiography into hilarious comedy. Material that might have been maudlin or sentimental in other hands emerges from his pen as amusing and absurd. Ranging from his troubled childhood in North Carolina to the years with his lover in France, the book's twenty-seven essays can be read independently as short stories. Sedaris thwarts his speech therapist by cleverly avoiding words with the s sound; he and his classmates in France try to explain the concept of Easter to a Moroccan Muslim; his sister Amy wears a fat suit to upset their weight-conscious father.

As he writes poignantly in the book, his education was interrupted again and again because the family had to move with the crops. His parents and their eight children lived in one-room shacks and tents; when Jiménez was in junior high, they all were caught by the INS and sent back to Mexico. However, in time they acquired visas and returned legally. The Circuit, originally called "Harvest of Hope: Life of a Migrant Child," presents in a dozen stories a chronicle of the 1940s. It has often been compared to The Grapes of Wrath but has been told from the Mexican-American point of view.

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