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Don't forget to check out the "Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners" pamphlet by the Library entrance.
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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Teen Booklists -
This is a very interesting list of booklists chosen by patrons and staff of the Pittsburgh (PA) public library. Includes fiction lists by genre (E.g. 'Books Can Be Murder' and 'Holden Caulfields for the New Age') and nonfiction lists by subject (E.g. 'How the World Works' and 'Survival').
College Bound Reading List -
An annotated list compiled by Arrowhead Library System librarians in Janesville, Wisconsin, this is an extensive reading list for those headed for college.
Outstanding Books for the College Bound & Lifelong Learners -
The American Library Association has published a list with recommendations from its Young Adult Library Services Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Previous lists from 2004 and 1999 are also available on the site.
Young Adult Library Services Association Booklists -
This group, a part of the American Library Association, publishes several booklists of recommended literature for teenage readers. These include "the Alex Awards, which are announced annually in conjunction with National Library Week, honor the top 10 adults books for teenagers published during a calendar year."
Booklists for Young Adults on the Web -
Dozens of booklists are referred to from this excellent Web site. Go down the page to "Contents" to see lists by different types: (Fiction) "Best Of" and General Lists; "If you liked this, try that..."; Specific Topics; For Specific Readers; and Multicultural; (Other Fiction Resources) YA Fiction Review Sources; General Fiction Review Sources; YA-Related Mailing Lists; (Mixed Fic/Nonfic) By Specific Authors; In Specific Formats; (Nonfiction) "Best Of" and General Lists; and Specific Topics. (Maggi Rohde)
All Together Now Book Lists -
From a middle school in Concord, NH, this Web site has lists for all sorts of readers including high school. Check out Adult Books Popular with High School Students; AP English; High School Senior's Favorite Books; 9th Grade "Sleepers"; Readalouds (High School); and Themes (books by topic). (Nancy J. Keane)
Reading Rants! -
Subtitled "Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists," this page includes links to such lists on such topics as: Weight & Eating Disorders; Books for Boys; Gay Fiction; Classics; Books about being in a band; Vampire Fiction; Sci-Fi/Fantasy for the Non-Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reader; Teen fiction that deals with spiritual issues; Graphic novels; "Country" Fiction; Unusual Biographies; Non-fiction about teens; Riot Grrrrl Reads; Teen Short Story Collections; Reads for Older Teens: Druggie Fiction; and Jen's Top Ten Books of All Time. (Maintained by YA librarian Jennifer Hubert)
Tayshas High School Reading List -
This website provides links to the Texas Library Association's anual booklists for young adults. According to TLA criteria books are selected that have potential for teen pleasure reading, reflect strong literary standards, recognize the ethnic diversity of young readers in Texas, seek balance with regard to gender, include both fiction and nonfiction, offer a range of genres, recognize values expresses in The Library Bill of Rights, and consider various reading abilities.
Young Adult Booklists -
This Web site, maintained by a public library has links to booklists on all sorts of topics of interest to teenagers. Also from this library see Pittsburgh Public Schools Suggested Reading List for High School Students 2000 - Library of Pittsburgh)
Enoch Pratt Free Library Booklists -
Another public library Web site which has links to booklists on all sorts of topics including: (Fiction) African American Authors; African American Mystery Writers; Fairy Tales for Adults; Gay and Lesbian Authors; Historical Mysteries Series; Horror Fiction; Mother / Daughter Relationships; Romance Novels; Science Fiction and Fantasy; Staff Recommends; and Twins; (Young Adults) Young and Impressionable, a Young Adult Booklist; Not the Only One - Gay and Lesbian; Teen Spirit - Religion; (Non-Fiction) Genealogy; African American Topics; Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement; and (Best Books of the 20th Century) Food/Cooking; Mystery/Horror; Maryland; Fine Arts; Travel; Summer Reads; Gardening; Poetry; Wars of this Century; Novels; and Biographies. (Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD)
Modern Library -
During 1998 and 1999 the Modern Library, a publisher of classic books, polled its editors and the general public on what they considered the best books of the century first published in English. The results are presented in the form of two lists: 100 best nonfiction and 100 best novels. Results were somewhat controversial but here they are! In a related project 100 Radcliffe publishing students were assigned the task of creating their own list of the 20th century's top 100 novels written in English. Check the pamphlet file under Censorship for an article published in American Libraries about the censorship of books from the ML 100 best novels list.
What Shall I Read Next? -
Like the previous link this page is maintained by Arrowhead Library System in Janesville, Wisconsin. It is a great gateway to all sorts of online booksellers, reviews, and lists compiled by the library system personnel.
S.F. Chronicle List of the 100 Best of the West Fiction Books -
"About 600 people scribbled, typed or e- mailed their opinions on the literature of the West. Each author needed several votes just to make the list, and the top vote-getter had nearly 100 partisans." Published in the November 21, 1999 issue of the Chronicle's Book Review.
S.F. Chronicle List of the 100 Best of the West Non-Fiction Books -
"The Chronicle Western 100 lets 20th century English-language nonfiction off the leash. It was devised on the nervy assumption that an unscientific, self-selected sampling of interested Western readers could pick just as viable a list as the editorial board of a venerable Manhattan publisher. That faith has since been amply repaid, with Chronicle readers coming out of the woodwork to write, e-mail and buttonhole us with their smart, opinionated nominations. " Published in the November 21, 1999 issue of the Chronicle's Book Review.
Pulitzer Prizes -
At this site you can find out all about the famous journalism and literature awards, given out since 1917 for public service in journalism, reporting, editorial writing, editorial cartooning, drama, poetry, fiction, history, and biography or autobiography. Use this page to find the prizes by year, by category, author, etc., and full-text verions of many of the award winners from the most recent years.
Links to Information on Authors and Works Commonly Read in High Schools -
Terrific information, including photos and biographical information about authors, synopses and critical articles of their books, and the number of pages is also included. (EducETH)
Wordsworth.Com Awards Page -
This bookseller maintains a page with links to many of the internation book award in English including the Booker Prize, Caldecott Medal, National Book Awards, National Book Critics Circle Award, Newbery Medal, Nobel Prize, PEN/Faulkner Award, and, the Pulitzer Prizes.
Whitbread Award -
"The Whitbread Book Awards [established in 1971] aim to celebrate and promote the best of contemporary British writing. As a leading UK leisure company, Whitbread sees itself in the business of providing enjoyment to millions of customers - and enjoyment is at the heart of the philosophy of the Whitbread Book Awards."
The Man Booker Prize -
"‘The Booker’, awarded annually to the best novel of the year written by a British or Commonwealth author, has become a byword for the very best of contemporary fiction." Renamed the Man Booker Prize in 2001 for a new sponsor, ManGroup plc.
The Great Books Search: Top Books -
"Everyone in the world with an email address was eligible to vote for up to 100 titles during the year 1997. Duplicate votes were cancelled by the database. The Recommend a Book section is still open. Click to see the Top 100 books of 1997 and be sure to click More Books and Even More to see the rest of the list. Some interesting titles are on these pages. It’s worth the wait for it to come in."
Banned Books & Censorship -
"All About Censorship" might be the title of this very comprehensive Web site. The site "list[s] Internet and print resources to help you learn more about censorship in its many guises." Included are links to: General Censorship resources; Book Censorship; Censorship in Other Media; Free Expression & U.S. Law; Organizations; Free Expression Outside the United States; and Selected Print Resources.
American Literature Abuse Society (ALAS) -
Just for fun! "Once a relatively rare disorder, Literature Abuse (or "readaholism") has risen to crisis levels due to the accessibility of higher education and increased college enrollment since the end of the Second World War. The number of literature abusers is currently at record levels." This site has information on how to recognize Literature Abuse and what to do about it if you detect it in yourself or others.
Young Adult Literature -
This is a long essay, written for a class in YA literature at Rugers University. It includes links to various lists of young adult genres including: A 100 best authors list which is updated annually; female coming of age stories; and male-coming-of-age stories. (Kay Vandergrift)
Pinkbooks - 
"Pinkbooks is a specialist site for books and resources about gay and lesbian teenagers and young people. Gay books and lesbian books can be hard for gay teens to find- by providing links and information, Pinkbooks aims to make it easier for gay and lesbian youth to see their lives reflected in the literature they read."

Book Reviews

Book Reviews: Yahoo! -
Yahoo's links to book reviews arranged by genre (type). Genres (and other categories) include: Children's Books; Computer Books; Magazines; Newspaper Book Reviews; Nonfiction; Recommendations; Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror; Web Directories; Web Published Fiction; and Young Adult.
The New York Review of Books -
"With a national circulation of over 125,000, The New York Review of Books has established itself, in Esquire's words, as 'the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.'" Reviews theatre and movies as well as books. Some articles from the current issue are available online. Archived articles are available for a fee.
A World of Books: Annotated Surveys of Noteworthy Books from Around the Globe -
"A series of annual pamphlets first started in 1998," featuring "some of the most important and interesting books published abroad that an American public may have overlooked." Includes fiction and nonfiction. Also browsable by country. From the Library of Congress. (LII)
The Book Report Network --
"Ever craved a good book and just not been inspired by anything you see? Or felt annoyed that you bought a book that was merely so-so? Or closed a book and just wanted to talk about it? We know what this feels like. The Book Report Network aims to solve these reader dilemmas, with thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more every week." Part of the Book Report Network is: -
"We at bring teens info and features about their favorite authors, books, series and characters.... is the place online for teens to talk about their fave books --- and find the hippest new titles!" Subscribe to a monthly newsletter, ponder the question of the month, participate in the monthly poll, use the book club reading guides, and read book reviews and author interviews.

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