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The "Books for Young Adults 1974 Honor Listing" and the "1975 BYA Book Poll" are reading lists compiled by students participating in the University of Iowa's Books for Young Adults Program. There are no readability levels included. Three readability formulas, Dale-Chall, Flesch, and Fry formulas, were applied to the books on these lists. Each formula is based upon a 100 word sample The number of samples varies according to the formula that was used. Using the three formulas, the results showed that sixty-nine percent of the books fell within the readability levels of grades five through twelve. Forty-one percent of the books tested had a mean readability of 5-6. Fifty-two percent of the books tested did not vary from the mean grade more than plus or minus one grade level.

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Master of Arts

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Gerald Hodges

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Martin


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