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Seney's Literature for Gifted Young Adults
compiled by Dr. Bob Seney
Professor Emeritus in Gifted Studies
Mississippi University for Women
Seney states, "When you compare the characteristics of the gifted adolescent,
especially the verbal characteristics, the characteristics of books most suited
for gifted learners, and the characteristics of young adult literature, you have
an almost perfect match. Young Adult (YA) literature is highly appropriate for
Characteristics of Books for the Gifted Reader:
High level of language and vocabulary.
Have pronunciation guides.
Utilize the full array of literary devices.
Use descriptive words that stimulate strong visual images.
Authors who delight in the use of language and the
expression of nuances.
Language patterns and vocabularies from other times and
The structure of the book puts the mind to work.
Setting evokes an experience of other lifestyles.
Unresolved problems are presented and the reader must make
of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers...
Find Seney's "Top Ten" lists of best
all-time YA Literature, as well as annual top ten updates below. Click
each book title for additional details on the book, as well as the ISBN number
for inter-library loan. Books are listed in alphabetical order by author,
key to notations is below.
# Language Alert
* Situation Alert
e elementary school
ms middle school/junior high
hs high school
Top Ten List of "All Time Favorites" 2010 edition
1 Brian Jacques'
Salamandaston was painfully removed in 2010 to make room for The
Invention of Hugo Cabret. Seney recommends Brian Jacques whole xxx series.
2 Anne McCaffrey’s
The Dolphins of Pern was painfully removed in 2002 to make room for
Gathering Blue. I love the whole Pern Series. There is a 2003 book in this
series written with her son [Dragon’s
Kin]. In 2005, Todd McCaffrey wrote his first solo Pern Book:
Dragonsblood, and again with his mother, in 2006
Dragon’s Fire and in 2007 Dragon Harper, the sequel to Dragon’s Fire. In
2008, he gave us
Dragonheart and this year 2010
Dragongirl. Dropping Dolphins was the first change to the All Time
Favorites list in several years.
Other books considered for the All Time Favorites list...
What’s New in Young Adult Literature: 2010
What’s New in Young Adult Literature: 2009
What’s New in Young Adult Literature: 2008
Original Top Ten List circa 1986
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