|| "In Radical Reads: 101 YA Novels on the Edge, Joni Richards Bodart identified young adult books featuring gritty, complex plots, focused on multidimensional characters, and tackled such difficult and provocative issues as teenage pregnancy, dysfunctional families, gangs, prejudice, violence, and drugs. Teen readers are drawn to these works of fiction because they can identify with both the characters and the situations." "In Radical Reads 2: Working with the Newest Edgy Titles for Teens, Bodart continues where the first book left off, examining more than a hundred titles published since the previous edition. The books featured here are engaging and tough, yet well-written and accessible to readers. For each novel, Bodart lists the main characters, major themes, and subject areas and offers a brief summary. In addition to providing book report ideas, she cites the strengths of each work, presents excerpts of important reviews, and lists any awards the book has received. Indexed by author, subject, curriculum area, reading and interest/age-level, and genre, Radical Reads 2 is an indispensable tool for librarians, teachers, and parents alike and will appeal especially to teens looking for relevant and topical fiction."--BOOK JACKET.