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Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1960-1984: Recent Books of Recognized Merit

ISBN: 9780313252334
Publisher: Greenwood
Publication Date: 1986-11-18
Number of pages: 930
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With its companion volume, this book effectively provides descriptions and evaluations of award-winning American fiction for children over the last 125 years. The compilers provide clear, insightful, and critical evaluations. Despite its title, the bibliography lists fiction for both children and young adults. . . . These two volumes, likely to become reference mainstays, are recommended for academic libraries that support children's and young adult literature or teacher education, and for public libraries and media centers. Choice

This volume is a fine addition to the reference works of children's literature and should be considered as a first purchase by those studying children's literature in-depth and in particular by those preparing booktalks. ARBA

These two volumes will be useful to anyone concerned with children's literature--librarians, teachers, and students. Reference Books Bulletin

In this companion volume to their Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1859-1959, Alethea K. Helbig and Agnes Regan Perkins present detailed information on a comprehensive selection of contemporary books for children and young adults. This dictionary consists of 1,550 alphabetical entries for each title, author, main characters, and other important aspects of each work such as significant settings or elements in need of further clarification. The 489 novels examined in this work include the winners and finalists from major award lists, as well as other books recognized for merit by a variety of experts in children's literature. An extensive index includes all the items for which there are entries. Other index entries cover themes, subjects, unusual narrative structures, author's pseudonyms, and genres.

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