A companion volume of sorts to his What's So Funny? Wit and Humor in American Children's Literature, this new work from Cart chronicles the evolution of the young-adult novel from its first appearance as a recognized category of literature in the 1960s to its somewhat tenuous role in the 1990s. Despite arguments questioning the necessity of works written specifically for a YA readership, Cart supports this art form with examples of successes and failures, and a wealth of comment from popular authors in the field. He handily dismisses book series in the romance and horror genres and critiques what he considers shortcomings of such "reality" based classics as The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and The Pigman by Paul Zindel. On the flip side, Cart positively gushes about his favorite writers, notably Bruce Brooks, Robert Cormier and Francesca Lia Block, each of whom he credits with masterfully presenting complex and intelligent books for a YA audience. And it is in that gritty, often bleak world-millions of miles from the pat problem novels of the 1970s-that Cart feels the future of the YA novel lies. Publishing professionals, as well as writers and students, will glean a balanced examination of such issues as homosexuality, mental illness, AIDS and drug abuse, and how they are addressed in YA books. (Apr.)
Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.81 (d)
Meet the Author
Past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Michael Cart is a columnist and reviewer for Booklist magazine. He is also the author or editor of nineteen books, including the gay coming-of-age novel My Father's Scar and—with Christine Jenkins—The Heart Has Its Reasons, a critical history of young adult literature with gay/lesbian/queer content. His anthologies include Love and Sex: Ten Stories of Truth and Necessary Noise: Stories about Our Families as They Really Are.
In 2008 he was the first recipient of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award, and in 2000 he received the Grolier Foundation Award for his contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by young people. Mr. Cart lives in Columbus, Indiana.