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Hit List for Young Adults 2: Frequently Challenged Books
Teri S. Lesesne and Rosemary Chance for YALSA
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0835-8
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $35.00
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62 pages
7" x 10"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0835-8
Year Published: 2002
The Catcher in the Rye, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and the 2000 Printz Honor Book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson—these are some of the most beloved, and most challenged, books. Leaving controversial titles such as these out of your collection or limiting their access is not the answer to challenges. While ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom reports more than 6,000 challenges to young adult literature from 1990 through 2000, the best-selling Hit List series gives you the information you need to defend challenged books with an informed response and ensure free access to young book lovers.Featuring 20 "hot button" books including 11 new titles, Hit List for Young Adults 2 presents a who's who of young adult writers including Salinger, Cormier, Chbosky, and Blume. With a profile of each book that includes its plot and characters, related materials and published reviews, awards and prizes, and Web and audiovisual resources, you will be prepared to answer even the toughest attacks. Recent and compelling challenges are also discussed so that you will be ready to address the most common questions in order to:
  • Educate your audience with concise descriptions of plot and characters
  • Define the larger context with background articles about the challenged books and authors
  • Show literary quality and relevance with awards and recommended reading citations
  • Handle situations professionally using sample letters, requests, and forms

For any librarian who feels alone on the front lines of the free access debate, the appendix is filled with useful tools to help librarians combat censorship. With the authoritative Hit List for Young Adults 2 in hand, you have the most up-to-date and comprehensive resource for defending challenged YA literature.

Table of Contents


   Chris Crutcher

Marion Dane Bauer
   Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence
Nancy Garden
   Annie on My Mind
Chris Crutcher
   Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories
Francesca Lia Block
   Baby Be-Bop
J. D. Salinger
   The Catcher in the Rye
Robert Cormier
   The Chocolate War
Robert Newton Peck
   A Day No Pigs Would Die
Bette Greene
   The Drowning of Stephan Jones
Walter Dean Myers
   Fallen Angels
Judy Blume
   Go Ask Alice
Janet Bode and Stan Mack
   Heartbreak and Roses: Real Life Stories of Troubled Love
Maya Angelou
   I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Lois Duncan
   Killing Mr. Griffin
S. E. Hinton
   The Outsiders
Stephen Chbosky
   The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Paul Zindel
   The Pigman
Garth Nix
   Shade's Children
Laurie Halse Anderson
Caroline Cooney
   The Terrorist

   A. Reference Works about Authors
   B. Resources Recommending Challenged Books
   C. Selected Recent Books on Intellectual Freedom
   D. Internet Sites of Intellectual Freedom Advocates
   E. Internet Guides to Intellectual Freedom
   F. Tips for Dealing with Censorship and Selection
   G. How to Write a Book Rationale
   H. Library Bill of Rights
   I. The Freedom to Read

About the Author
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, advocates, promotes, and strengthens service to young adults and works to support those who provide service to this dynamic population.

Teri S. Lesesne is an associate professor in the department of library science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas where she teaches children?s and young adult literature. She is the co-editor of the current edition of Books for You (National Council of Teachers of English) and writes for Voices from the Middle, Teacher Librarian, and The Journal of Children's Literature. Lesesne is past president of the Texas Council of Teachers of English and is the 2002 winner of the Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant. She received a doctoral degree from the University of Houston.

Rosemary Chance is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg where she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. She has served on the Booklist advisory board and is 2003 chair of YALSA's Margaret A. Edwards award committee. Chance is a frequent contributor to Mississippi Libraries and Teacher Librarian. She received her master's degree in library science from Sam Houston State University and a doctorate from Texas Woman's University.
“ you the information you need to defend challenged books with an informed response and ensure free access to young book lovers...The appendix is filled with useful tools to help librarians combat censorship.”

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