For immediate release | March 15, 2013

Michael Cart’s top 200 adult books for young adults

CHICAGO — In “Cart’s Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review,” published by ALA Editions, Michael Cart, the former YALSA president and 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.

Cart is a nationally known expert in young adult literature, which he taught at UCLA before his recent relocation to the Midwest. A columnist and reviewer for ALA’s Booklist magazine, he is also the author or editor of 20 books and countless articles that have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Parents Magazine, American Libraries, School Library Journal and elsewhere. The former president of both YALSA and ALAN, he was the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Award and, in 2008, was the first YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Award. He appointed and chaired the task force that created the Michael L. Printz Award and subsequently chaired the 2006 Printz Committee.

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