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Hi All,

Starting in January I am going back to work in a high school media center.
The school is in an urban area with a mostly minority population and high
dropout rate. Reading scores on tests are very low. The media center greatly
needs to be updated and there isn't a huge budget to work with. I'm
wondering how other high school librarians balance having adult level titles
with YA level titles. I can remember being in high school and starting to
get into authors like Danielle Steel and VC Andrews. I don't think those
kinds of books will appeal to these kids. In the last high school I was in,
I had very few adult level titles and it seemed to work well. If I had more
than one book on a particular subject they would always pick out the
shorter, which generally meant the YA level, of the two. The students did
like the urban adult level fiction by authors such as K'wan or Zane but I
didn't really think they were appropriate for a school library (just my
humble opinion). I know what may work in one school might not work in
another but I'm just curious how others handle these decisions. Thanks in
advance. I will post a hit if there is interest.

Nicole Sette
School Library Media Specialist
Woodcliff School
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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