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

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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.

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Appendix A
Not to Be Missed: Books Notable for Their Overall Excellence

Appendix B

Something Entirely Different: Books Notable for Their Originality


Michael Cart

Michael Cart is the former director of the Beverly Hills (CA) Public Library and the author or editor of twenty-seven books. He is a columnist and reviewer for the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Parents magazine. Mr. Cart is a past president of both the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the National Council of Teachers of English’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN). He is the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Foundation Award; in 2008 he became the first recipient of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award; and is a recipient of the 2018 ALAN Award. Before his relocation to the Midwest, he taught young adult literature at UCLA.

"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) ... 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."

"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."
— Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Cart is ideally positioned to guide others in the development of collections for young adults ... This book will be of great interest to young adult librarians, collection development librarians or to anyone interested in keeping up with what is considered good current fiction and nonfiction."
— Collection Building