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Readability (Literary style);


Booklist's "Best of the Best, 1970-75," is a recommended reading list for young adults. No readability levels are included. The Dale-Chall, the Flesch, and the Fry readability formulas were, therefore, applied to the books on this list. Each formula is based upon a 100 word sample. The number of samples varies, depending upon the formula used. The Fry formula requires the use of a graph and the Dale-Chall formula uses the Dale word list. No auxiliary devices are needed for the Flesch formula. Using these three formulas, the readability estimates for the books on this list varied as much as eight grade levels for the same book. Eighty-six percent of the books had readability estimates that were lower than grade six or higher than grade ten. Usually, the Fry readability estimate was the lowest, the Dale-Chall estimate in between, and the Flesch readability estimate was the highest.

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Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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