Included are classic authors such as Robert Cormier, S.E. Hinton, Katherine Paterson and Paul Zindel; currently acclaimed up-and-coming authors such as Francesca Lia Block, Chris Crutcher and Nancy Garden; historically prominent authors, including L.M. Boston, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Jack London; authors popular with today's youth such as Michael Crichton, Stephen King and Alice Walker; most-studied authors in high school, including William Golding, George Orwell, J.D. Salinger and John Steinbeck; plus authors with significant impact such as Maya Angelou, Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath.
New authors found in the 2nd edition include Clare Bell, Kathleen Bradford, Martha Brooks, T. Degans, Carl Deuker, David Klass, Michael Morpurgo, Donna Napoli, Graham Salisbury, Ida Vos, Rich Wallace and William Weaver.
A title index helps readers easily find works by their favorite authors.