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A columnist and reviewer for ALA’s Booklist magazine, Michael Cart is a nationally known expert in the fields of young adult literature, LGBT fiction (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), and adult books for young adults. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books, including My Father’s Scar, a YALSA best book for young adults, and Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism. A former president of both YALSA and ALAN (NCTE’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents), Cart has taught young adult literature at UCLA and lectures widely on the subject. He is the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Foundation Award for distinguished service to young people and literature and is also the first recipient of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award.