Friday, February 22, 2008

Finding Books in Multiple Voices

Finding books based on what they're written about is easy, but finding books based on how they're written can be tough. Just today, a teen was asking about books from multiple points of view. I knew a few off the top of my head, such as Alex Sanchez's Rainbow Boys, Brian Sloan's Tale of Two Summers, and David Levithan's The Realm of Possibility, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List (the latter two co-written by Rachel Cohn), and Alex Flinn's Fade to Black. After that, I was stumped. So here's what we did:

A Google search for teen books multiple perspectives got me a Great Booklist from the Brookline Library and an excellent livejournal post.

The website LibraryThing (we even have an account for our new books) lets you search by "tags," which are descriptive words and phrases. Putting together "tag mashes" of multiple narrators, teen and multiple perspectives,teen gave me a couple of nice lists.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also provides access to a great way to find fiction, called Novelist (have your library card ready). Try this "boolean search" in the "Search Our Database" tab:

Searching for Multiple Points of View in Novelist

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link! I'm flattered that you found my booklist to be a good resource.