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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