Thursday, September 19, 2013

Best Books for Middle School and Junior High

Barr, Catherine. Best Books for Middle School and Junior High School Readers, Grades 6-9. 3rd ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-59884-782-6

Publisher's Description
Now thoroughly updated to include the latest best books, this essential resource for middle school and junior high school libraries and public libraries supplies information on more than 11,000 in-print titles, most of which have been recommended in at least two reviewing journals. It retains its simple, thematic organization that makes finding the right book easy—for librarians, teachers, and parents alike. And its inclusion of thousands of nonfiction titles helps today's educators meet the Common Core standards.

Presented in the same great format as previous editions, this third edition remains an indispensible resource for identifying the right book for any individual reader's preferences, needs, or interests; and for creating reading lists that support curricular needs and thematic library programs. It is also an essential tool for evaluating and developing the library collection. The entries provide annotations with succinct plot summaries, ISBNs, book length, price, reading level, and review citations; and indicate Lexile levels, as well as titles that are available in audio format or as an eBook version.

• Supplies concise, lively annotations and review citations on everything from literary classics and non-fiction titles to graphic novels
• Provides quick access to information for both library staff and patrons with thematic, curriculum-oriented organization and clear subject breakdowns
• Indicates which books are also available in audio format and in eBook format—valuable information for collection development and reading specialists
• Identifies award-winning and series titles

Sample Topics
Adventurers and Explorers
Astronomy and Space Science
Biography and Memoirs
Citizenship and Civil Rights
Geology and Geography
Guidance and Personal Development
Health and the Human Body
Historical Fiction and Foreign Lands
Sports and Games
World History and Geography