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The Ultimate Teen Book Guide [Library Binding]

Daniel Hahn , Leonie Flynn , Susan Reuben
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26 Jun 2008
Following the success of the Ultimate Book Guide 8-12, people have been crying out for this guide to the best teenage books around. Again this is the only reference you'll ever need - covering everything that might interest teen readers, from those just starting secondary school through to readers looking for something more adult and challenging. The book covers classics through to contemporary young adult titles, best-sellers to cult fiction and graphic novels. We've got personal recommendations from top teen and adult authors including Anthony Horowitz, Meg Cabot, Philip Pullman and Jonathan Coe. Following the format of the previous guide, each entry is cross-referenced to other books that readers are bound to enjoy and there are readers' polls and special features on a variety of topics." Reviews for ULTIMATE BOOK GUIDE 8-12: 'Invaluable' The Sunday Times 'A browser's delight' TES 'A literary treasure trove' The Sunday Telegraph 'Just what I've been looking for - something to help me find great books for my children! ...The format is atractive and easy to use...a really good investment.' Families Magazine (Jan 2007)
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • Library Binding: 432 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439502455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439502457
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,485,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Almond, in his introduction, calls The Ultimate Teen Book Guide "a kind of travellers guide" to the many novels for teenage readers as recommended by an impressive array of authors, experts, editors and children. In a better way than any other book guide for teens has so far managed to achieve, it offers up a selection of choices in a more than palatable way for a notoriously difficult readership to please.

This is, therefore, not a book to read from cover to cover--more a volume to be dipped into, read at leisure and in digestible bite-size chunks. The various contributors have often delved into their own experiences to highlight a wide range of possible reads for the discerning older reader, and in doing so have achieved an accessibility, and connection, to its target audience that has perhaps eluded some previous, stuffier tomes.

Celia Rees tells potential readers that The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price is a great fantasy, Julia Green relishes her slow appreciation of Sonya Hartnett’s Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf, Geraldine McCaughrean describes the splendidly sentimental Discword novel by Terry Pratchett called Monstrous Regiment and Meg Rosoff joins the fanatical following for Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Books from contemporary writers, still plying their trade, and modern classics from previous decades all rub shoulders for the attention of readers of the next generation.

Apart from the Book Recommendations, there are special features about specific genres and a number of poll results with headings like The Book you Couldn’t Put Down and the Best Book About Relationships.

No guide like this can ever be all things to all readers, but it’s a hugely impressive endeavour that should make a difference to any teen reader in a quandary about what to read next who picks it up.

(Age 12 and over)--John McLay --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"A lifetimes passion starts here" -- The Times

"The holy grail for readers." -- Time Out

"This book rocks." -- Waterstone's Chidlren's Buyer

"fantastic - infectiously enthusiastic." -- Achuka

"the book is absolutely superb and looks quite wonderful." -- Anne Fine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic guide!! 5 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
I picked this up to find books for my kids.

I came away with lots of books I want to read!

This excellent guide covers serious classics that I would not have thought to suggest to teens - right through to light and fluffy reads that are being written right now. There are sections covering different genres (eg Race, Graphic novels, Detetective stories) and the reviewers are writers, parents, children and journalists.

I cannot recomend this book enough. Five stars plus!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Guide 22 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This really is a brilliant all in one guide to reading which lists every good book I've read recently and gives helpful suggestions of what to read next. It's also great to see what your favourite author has suggested and what their favourite book is. There is such a huge amount in this guide that I don't think I'll ever have to worry about what to read next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teenage book guide 21 Jan 2010
By T. Bently VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Despite its colourful cover, this book is a straight-forward black-and-white guide to the best fiction books for teenagers. I liked the fact that the short descriptions managed to give a true flavour of the chosen books whilst not being weighed down by plot details.

I liked the inclusion of adult authors such as John Irving alongside teen favourites such as Judy Blume. Overall, it's a delight to find new people to read whilst being reminded of a few forgotten classics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Teen Book Guide updated 28 July 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is a must for any public library and any high school library! It has over 750 great book recommendations in any genre - students and teachers and librarians would be wowed by all the titles, past and present. I only wish it was available in the US but that is our loss! I highly recommend this book, I will be consulting daily in my library and offering it to students and teachers for some great reads!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it ! 19 Dec 2009
By Ramy
Format:Paperback
This book is truly brilliant, I bought this book a few years ago when I was 15 and I'm still using it now. It has such a good selection and appeals to a wide range of ages. There are some books recommended that are found in adult fiction, so my mum uses it too !
Truly a great buy !
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 18 Jun 2010
By fizz
Format:Paperback
I bought this book to help me sort out the school library I have been placed in charge of:) It's been an invaluable resource and a few of the older kids have had a look through it to give themselves some idea of what book to look for next:)
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