Recommended Books for Young Adults and Reluctant Readers

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The following works published during 1989 have been selected by the American Library Association as "best books for young adults" and "recommended books for reluctant young adult readers":

Best Books for Young Adults

James Amos, The Memorial: A Novel of the Vietnam War (Crown)

George Ancona and Joan Anderson, The American Family Farm (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

Catherine M. Andronik, Quest for a King: Searching for the Real King Arthur (Atheneum)

John Armor and Peter Wright, Manzanar (Times Books)

Susan Banfield, The Rights of Man, the Reign of Terror (Lippincott)

Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat (Harper & Row)

Janet Bode, New Kids on the Block: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens (Franklin Watts)

Bruce Brooks, No Kidding (Harper & Row)

Bruce Brooks, On the Wing (Scribner's)

Rebecca Busselle, Bathing Ugly (Orchard Books)

Jo Carson, Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Orchard Books)

Alden R. Carter, Up Country (Putnam)

Mark Childress, V For Victor (Knopf)

Susan and Daniel Cohen, When Someone You Know Is Gay (Evans)

Brock Cole, Celine (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Pam Conrad, My Daniel (Harper & Row)

Jill Ker Conway, The Road From Coorain (Knopf)

Linda Crew, Children of the River (Delacorte)

Chris Crutcher, Chinese Handcuffs (Greenwillow)

Lindsey Davis, Silver Pigs (Crown)

Carl Deuker, On the Devil's Court (Little, Brown/Joy Street)

Peter Dickinson, Eva (Delacorte)

Tessa Duder, In Lane Three, Alex Archer (Houghton Mifflin)

Lois Duncan, Don't Look Behind You (Delacorte)

Eyewitness Books, Dinosaur (Knopf)

Cynthia D. Grant, Phoenix Rising: or, How To Survive Your Life (Atheneum)

Connie Jordan Green, War at Home (McElderry Books/Macmillan)

Lely Hayslip, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journal From War to Peace (Doubleday)

Mark Helprin, Swan Lake (Houghton Mifflin)

Will Hobbs, Bearstone (Atheneum)

Margaret Hodges, Making a Difference: The Story of an American Family (Scribner's)

A.M. Homes, Jack (Macmillan)

John R. Horner and James Gorman, Digging Dinosaurs (Workman)

Jan Hudson, Sweetgrass (Philomel Books)

Paul B. Janeczko, Brickyard Summer (Orchard Books)

David Klass, Wrestling With Honor (Dutton)

Norma Klein, No More Saturday Nights (Knopf)

Jill Krementz, How It Feels To Fight for Your Life (Little, Brown)

Susan Kuklin, Fighting Back: What Some People Are Doing About AIDS (Putnam)

Elizabeth Laird, Loving Ben (Delacorte)

Brian Lanker, I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed the World (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

Sonia Levitin, Silver Days (Atheneum)

David Macaulay, The Way Things Work (Houghton Mifflin)

Frances McCullough, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, (Charlotte Zolotow/Harper & Row)

Bill McKibben, The End of Nature (Random House)

Gregory Maguire, I Feel Like the Morning Star (Harper & Row)

John Marsden, So Much To Tell You (Little, Brown/Joy Street)

Milton Meltzer, Benjamin Franklin (Franklin Watts)

Milton Meltzer, Voices From the Civil War: A Documentary History of the Great American Conflict (Crowell)

Shelley Fraser Mickle, Queen of October (Algonquin Books)

Jim Wayne Miller, Newfound (Orchard Books)

Louise Moeri, The Forty-Third War (Houghton Mifflin)

Lorraine Monk, Photographs That Changed the World (Doubleday)

Pat Murphy, The City, Not Long After (Doubleday/Foundation)

Liza Ketchum Murrow, Fire in the Heart (Holiday House)

Lensey Namioka, Island of Ogres (Harper & Row)

Jim Naughton, My Brother Stealing Second (Harper & Row)

Theresa Nelson, And One for All (Orchard Books)

Mette Newth, The Abduction (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Gary Paulsen, The Winter Room (Orchard Books)

Gary Paulsen, The Voyage of the Frog (Orchard Books)

Stella Pevsner, How Could You Do It, Diane? (Clarion)

Jill Pinkwater, Buffalo Brenda (Macmillan)

Terry Pringle, A Fine Time To Leave Me (Algonquin Books)

Richard Rhodes, Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer (Simon & Schuster)

John Saul, Creature (Bantam)

George Shannon, Unlived Affections (Harper & Row)

Peter D. Sieruta, Heartbeats and Other Stories (Harper & Row)

K. Smith, Skeeter (Houghton Mifflin)

Suzanne Fisher Staples, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind (Knopf)

Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club (Putnam)

Theodore Taylor, Sniper (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

David C. Turney, Why Are They Weeping? South Africans Under Apartheid (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)

Pieter Van Raven, The Great Man's Secret (Scribner's)

Ellen Emerson White, Long Live the Queen (Scholastic)

David Henry Wilson, The Coachman Rat (Carroll & Graf)

F. Paul Wilson, Dydeetown World (Baen)

Robert Charles Wilson, Gypsies (Doubleday/Foundation)

Tobias Wolff, This Boy's Life: A Memoir (Atlantic Monthly)

Paul Zindel, A Begonia for Miss Applebaum (Charlotte Zolotow/Harper & Row)

Recommended Books ForReluctant Young Adult Readers

Francesca Lia Block, Weetzie Bat (Harper & Row)

Jo Carson, Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Orchard Books)

Daniel Cohen, Phone Call From a Ghost (Dodd, Mead)

Ellen Conford, Genie With the Light Blue Hair (Bantam Books)

Caroline B. Cooney, Family Reunion (Bantam Books)

Jane Duden, 1940's (Crestwood House)

Jane Duden, 1950's (Crestwood House)

Jane Duden, 1960's (Crestwood House)

Jane Duden, 1970's (Crestwood House)

Lois Duncan, Don't Look Behind You (Delacorte)

Margery Facklam, The Trouble With Mothers (Clarion)

Jean Ferris, Looking for Home (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

David Gifaldi, Yours Till Forever (Lippincott)

Martyn Godfrey, The Last War (Collier/Macmillan)

James Haskins, Sports Great Magic Johnson (Enslow)

Patricia Hermes, Be Still My Heart (Putnam)

Ann Herrick, The Perfect Guy (Bantam Books)

Paul B. Janeczko, Brickyard Summer (Orchard Books)

Kathryn Jensen, Pocket Change (Macmillan)

Sue Johanson, Talk Sex (Penguin)

Robert Kaplow, Alessandra in Love (Lippincott)

Norma Fox Mazer, Heartbeat (Bantam Books)

Gloria D. Miklowitz, Anything To Win (Delacorte)

Gloria D. Miklowitz, Suddenly Super Rich (Bantam Books)

Stephen Mooser, The Hitchhiking Vampire (Delacorte)

Jim Murphy, Custom Car (Clarion)

Joan Lowery Nixon, Whispers From the Dead (Delacorte)

Gary Paulsen, The Voyage of the Frog (Orchard Books)

Richard Peck, Voices After Midnight (Delacorte)

J.P. Reading, The Summer of Sassy Jo (Houghton Mifflin)

Dian Regan, Game of Survival (Avon Books)

Peter D. Sieruta, Heartbeats and Other Stories (Harper & Row)

Barbara Steiner, Photographer (Avon/Flare)

Gail B. Stewart, 1920's (Crestwood House)

Gail B. Stewart, 1930's (Crestwood House)

Jane Sutton, Definitely Not Sexy (Little, Brown)

Pamela Curtis Swallow, No Promises (Putnam)

Joyce Sweeney, The Dream Collector (Delacorte)

Karen T. Taha, Marshmallow Muscles, Banana Brainstorms (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

Erika Tamar, It Happened at Cecilia's (Atheneum)

Jean Thesman, Appointment With a Stranger (Houghton Mifflin)

Marcia Wood, The Search for Jim McGwynn (Atheneum)

Carol Beach York, Once Upon a Dark November (Holiday House)

Rona S. Zable, Landing on Marvin Gardens (Bantam Books)

Vol. 09, Issue 29

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