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Title: Adult Books for Young Adults

Adult Books for Young Adults
  • Readers Advisory

workshop presented by Beth Gallaway
bethg_at_mmrls.orgMay 2005
  • Icebreaker What adult books did you read as a
  • Discussion Why do teens like books intended for
    adult audiences?
  • Resources How to find out about adult books for
    young adults 
  • Booktalks Books for recreational reading, books
    for school reading 
  • Audience Participation Share a book, make a
  • Wrap up and Evaluations

What makes adult books appealing to young
  • Desire to read up
  • Adult said not to read it
  • Librarian/teacher/friend recommendation
  • Teen protagonists/issues
  • Interest in topic/genre
  • New York Times best seller, booklist, award
    winner, club selection
  • Pop culture tie-ins
  • Celebrity author/YA author/crossover author
  • Flashy cover art
  • Well-written
  • Deeper content/longer length

Are you a youth protector or a youth advocate?
  • Advocate
  • Believes youth are capable of defining their
  • Promotes access and removes barriers and limits
    and empowers youth to identify retrieve and use
    information and resources
  • Develops collections to encourage exploration of
    new ideas
  • Reserves judgment
  • Protector
  • Believes adults know what is best for youth, what
    will harm them, and what their needs are/how
    those needs should be met
  • Erects barriers and limits to information and
  • Develops collections based on what will elicit
    the least amount of parental/societal displeasure
  • Makes judgments

From YALSAs definition of youth advocacy
Selection List Resources for Adult Books for
Young Adults
  • Alex Awards - http//
    lex Best adult books for young adults, selected
    by a committee of librarians
  • Books for the Teen Age - http//
  • NYPLs annual list of top titles for teens are
    often a mix of j/ya/adult titles.
  • Modern Library from Random House -
  • Classics and contemporary titles

Selection List Resources for Adult Books for
Young Adults
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Reading lists and award winners
  • Outstanding Books for the College Bound
  • Top selections from a number of lists
  • New! Issue of YAttitudes Mystery Genre A/YA
  • http//

Selection List Resources for Adult Books for
Young Adults
  • Bare, Beverly. What Do I Read Next? (Gale, 2004)
  • Childrens Book Council http//
  • Rorys Book Club http//

Review Sources for Adult Books for Young Adults
  • Adult Books for High School Students in School
    Library Journal
  • Voice of Youth Advocates A/YA noted in reviews
  • Booklist A/YA noted in reviews

Review Sources for Adult Books for Young Adults
  • Library Title Wave (Follett) http//www.flr.follet
  • BWI Title Tales (Book Wholesalers Inc)
  • Amazon http//
  • Other?

  • If you're finished with the Princess Diaries and
    Gossip Girls
  • Marian Keye
  • Meggin Cabot
  • Sophie Kinsella
  • Jennifer Weiner
  • Jane Green

  • Movin' on from Melvin Burgess
  • Nick Hornby
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Irvine Welsh
  • Chuck Klosterman

  • And more for the "Hipster" set
  • Dave Eggers
  • Jeffrey Eugenides

  • For those who can't wait for Revenge of the
  • Orson Scott Card
  • Terry Brooks
  • Robert Jordan
  • Terry Pratchett

  • Genre bests
  • Mystery Janet Evanovich
  • Romance Nicholas Sparks

  • Oprah is never wrong
  • Jodi Picoult
  • Anita Shreve
  • Amy Tan
  • Elizabeth Berg
  • Alice Hoffman

  • The "Go Ask Alice" Thank-God-it's-not-me award
    Dave Pelzer
  • Gordon Korman meets David Levithan meets David
    Lubar David Sedaris
  • After Sharon Draper Omar Tyree

  • Following Fear Street
  • Stephen King
  • Dean Koontz
  • Peter Staub
  • Christopher Golden

And for the brave among you

And for the brave among you from 5/3
  • Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye
  • Anne Rice
  • L. Ron Hubbard
  • Bodice Rippers
  • Adult Graphic Novels
  • Zane
  • Other?

2005 Alex Awards
  • Candyfreak A Journey through the Chocolate
    Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
  • Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 21.95
  • 1-56512-412-9

2005 Alex Awards
  • Swimming to Antarctica Tales of a Long-Distance
    Swimmer by Lynn Cox
  • Knopf, 24.95
  • 0-375-41507-6

2005 Alex Awards
  • Donorboy by Brendan Halprin
  • Random House, 12.95 1-4000-6277-2

2005 Alex Awards
  • Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson
  • Random House, 26.95 (0-375-50858-9).

2005 Alex Awards
  • Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers
  • Harcourt, 24.00
  • 0-15-101057-9

2005 Alex Awards
  • Truth Beauty A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  • HarperCollins, 23.95
  • 0-06-057214-0

2005 Alex Awards
  • My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Atria, 25.00
  • 0-7434-5452-9

2005 Alex Awards
  • Thinner Than Thou by Kit Reed
  • Tom Doherty Associates, 24.00
  • 0-765-30762-6

2005 Alex Awards
  • Project X by Jim Shepard
  • Knopf, 20.00
  • 1-4000-4071-X

2005 Alex Awards
  • Rats Observations on the History and Habitat of
    the Citys Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert
  • Bloomsbury, 23.95
  • 1-58234-385-3

2004 Alex Awards
  • Wonder When Youll Miss Me by Amanda Davis
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the
    Night-time. By Mark Haddon
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer
  • Stiff by Mary Roach
  • True Notebooks by Mark Salzman
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Leave Myself Behind by Bart Yates

2003 Alex Awards
  • One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
  • My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
  • Seeing in the Dark How Backyard Stargazers Are
    Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from
    Interplanetary Peril by Timothy Ferris
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
  • The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy
  • When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  • The Dive from Clausens Pier by Ann Packer
  • The Fall of Rome by Martha Southgate
  • 10th Grade by Joseph Weisberg

2002 Alex Awards
  • Year of Wonders A Novel of the Plague by
    Geraldine Brooks
  • An American Insurrection The Battle of Oxford,
    Mississippi by William Doyle
  • Gabriel's Story by David Anthony Durham
  • Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting by in
    Boom-Time America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Peace like a River by Leif Enger
  • The Wilderness Family At Home with Africa's
    Wildlife by Kobie Kruger
  • Kit's Law by Donna Morrissey
  • The Rover by Mel Odom
  • Motherland by Vineeta Vijayaraghavan
  • Black, White, and Jewish Autobiography of a
    Shifting Self by Rebecca Walker

2001 Alex Awards
  • Chang And Eng by Darin Strauss
  • Counting Coup by Larry Colton
  • Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier
  • Diamond Dogs by Alan Watt
  • Flags Of Our Fathers by James Bradley and Ron
  • The Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier,
  • In The Heart Of The Sea The Tragedy Of The
    Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • The Man Who Ate The 747 by Ben Sherwood
  • The Sand Reckoner, by Gillian Bradshaw
  • Soldier A Poet's Childhood by June Jordan

2000 Alex Awards
  • High Exposure An Enduring Passion for Everest
    and Unforgiving Places by David Breashears
  • Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • River, Cross My Heart by Breena Clarke
  • Educating Esme Diary of a Teacher's First Year
    by Esmé Raji Codell
  • The Reappearance of Sam Webber by Jonathon Scott
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • The Hungry Ocean A Swordboat Captain's Journey
    by Linda Greenlaw
  • Barefoot Heart Stories of a Migrant Child by
    Elva Trevino Hart
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  • Imani All Mine by Connie Porter

1999 Alex Awards
  • The Endurance Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic
    Expedition by Caroline Alexander
  • Getting In by James Finney Boylan
  • Needles by Andie Dominick
  • At All Costs by John Gilstrap
  • Space by Jesse Lee Kercheval
  • Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
  • Legends Stories by the Masters of Modern
    Fantasy. Ed. by Robert Silverberg.
  • Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago
  • Caucasia by Danzy Senna

1998 Alex Awards
  • The Secret Family Twenty-four Hours inside the
    Mysterious Worlds of Our Minds and Bodies by
    David Bodanis
  • All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg
  • Sugar in the Raw Voices of Young Black Girls in
    America by Rebecca Carroll
  • What Girls Learn by Karin Cook
  • Snow in August by Pete Hamill
  • The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men against
    the Sea by Sebastian Junger
  • Into Thin Air A Personal Account of the Mt.
    Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • Lest We Forget The Passage from Africa to
    Slavery and Emancipation by Velma Maia Thomas
  • Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven by Dawn Turner
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Adult Authors for Young Adults Recommendations
compiled from YALSA-BK
  • Albom, Mitch
  • Berg, Elizabeth M/J
  • Card, Orson Scott M/J
  • Clark, Mary Higgins S
  • Conroy, Pat S
  • Cook, Robin S
  • Crichton, Michael M/J
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey
  • Evanovich, Janet S
  • Green, Jane S
  • Grisham, John
  • Hornby, Nick S
  • Hunter, Maddy
  • Hyde, Catherine Ryan
  • Jordan, Robert S
  • Keyes, Marian
  • Stephen King
  • Kinsella, Sophie
  • Koontz, Dean
  • Levine, Laura

Adult Books for Young Adults Recommendations
compiled from YALSA-BK
  • Lockwood, Cara
  • Lovecraft, H.P.
  • McCaffery, Anne S
  • Moriarty, Laura
  • Oates, Joyce Carol S
  • Palahniuk, Chuck S
  • Pelzer, Dave
  • Peters, Elizabeth
  • Picoult, Jodi M/J
  • Saul, John S
  • Sedaris, David S
  • Shreve, Anita
  • Sparks, Nicholas M/J
  • Staub, Peter
  • Tartt, Donna
  • Tyree, Omar S
  • Walker, Alice S
  • Winterson, Jeannette S

Beths Favorites
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • Back Roads by Tawny ODell
  • True to Form by Elizabeth Berg
  • Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCaffery
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Beths Favorites
  • The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Coffee and Kung Fu by Karen Brichoux
  • Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
  • Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bojhalian
  • House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  • Life at These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson

Other Recommendations Biog
  • Smashed Story of a Drunken Girlhood by Koren
  • Stick Figure A Diary of My Former Self by Lori
  • Wasted A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya
  • She Said Yes The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie
    Bernall by Misty Bernall
  • Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
  • Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickham

Other Recommendations NF
  • Pledged the Secret life of Sororities by
    Alexandra Robbins
  • Concrete Blonde by Eminem
  • The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
  • America The Book by Jon Stewart

Other Recommendations Novels
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfield
  • Chloe Does Yale by Natalie Krinsky
  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory
  • Stone Garden by Molly Moynahan
  • Old School by Tobias Wolff
  • The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green by Joshua
  • The Red Panda by Andrea SeigelRun Catch Kiss by
    Amy Sohn
  • The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Other Recommendations Graphic Novels
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • Ethel Ernest by Raymond Briggs
  • Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman/Charles Vess
  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
  • My New York Life by Julie Doucet

Other Recommendations Classics
  • "A classic is something that everybody wants to
    have read and nobody wants to read."-Mark Twain
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Bette Smith
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse

When We Were TeensLibrarian Favorites 5/3
  • Arundel by Kenneth Roberts
  • Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
  • Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
  • Desiree by Annemarie Selinko
  • Victoria Holt
  • The Brontes
  • John Jakes
  • James Michener

When We Were TeensLibrarian Favorites