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by Nancy Farmer
Publisher, Year
308 pages

Annotation (one or two-sentence summary of the book, focusing on subject and essential details)

Topics (two or more subjects; answers the question, “What is the book about?” with words and phrases such as “jealousy,” or “sibling rivalry.”)

Thematic statement (one or two concise, striking sentences that encapsulate the essential and universal ideas of the book; As yourself, “What does the author have to say about the topic[s] listed above?” Write your answer in complete sentence form. Sample thematic statement for Memoirs of a Bookbat: “Even the deadly combination of censorship, religion, and racism cannot eliminate one’s desire for intellectual freedom.”)

Range of appeal (ages of likely readers)

Plot (concise summary of the book; inclusive enough to recall the book at a later date; mentions important characters, actions, symbols, etc.)

Evaluation/ Mini-rationale (your thoughtful/analytical/critical appraisal of the value of this book for inclusion in the field of adolescent literature; answers the questions: “Why would you consider this to be a YA text? How is adolescence constructed in this text? Would you recommend or teach this book to adolescents?” Potential criteria might include: treatment of characters and issues; strengths, problems, or weaknesses of the text; style and quality; potential appeal to adolescents; personal reaction, etc.; Note: this section will be helpful in tracing the development of your working definition of YA literature and your own set of personal criteria for evaluating it.)

Thought Questions: (questions that would be useful in discussing the book with adolescents; the best ones are often Real Questions, that is, questions you don’t already know the answer to. If you need help in designing questions, consider the questions that accompany Beach & Marshall’s analytical perspectives and questions that seem to provoke especially fruitful discussion in class)

Additional notes: (this section is optional, but would be the ideal place to make notations to yourself regarding this book and your other course projects; other possible items in this category include book awards, teaching notes/approaches [e.g., “This would be a great book for exploring the concept of imagery.”], items you’d want to note in book talks, etc.)

Links: Any worthwhile links, as well as ones to LibraryThing (which has links to Amazon and other places to purchase the book) and WorldCat.org