Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation, and Appreciation / Edition 1

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Pre- and in-service teachers get what they need to connect with adolescent students—and to help them connect with good literature—in this engaging, balanced look at the world of young adult literature. Here readers get foundational knowledge combined with a look at the pathways leading to the literature itself, to begin to open the door to exploring young adult literature. Brief enough to give readers the opportunity to read the books themselves, yet comprehensive enough to ensure that teachers truly understand adolescents, their literature, and how to connect the two, Young Adult Literature by Bucher and Hinton provides what’s needed to ensure a rich educational experience for adolescents, while nourishing their love of reading.

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Editorial Reviews

The preface of this textbook states that it is "[s]lim enough to guarantee that you have the opportunity to read the books themselves, and comprehensive enough to ensure that you understand adolescents, their literature, and how to connect the two." With the authors' intent in mind, it is an excellent text for use in an undergraduate-level young adult literature course offering basic exposure to teens and their literature. It lacks, however, as a text for use in graduate level courses or for those readers who are seeking a deeper understanding of adolescents and their literature, the depth of Donelson's and Nilsen's Literature for Today's Young Adults (7th Ed., Pearson, Allyn & Bacon, 2005/VOYA June 2005). The greatest strength of Bucher and Manning's text can be found in the extensive annotated bibliographies of young adult titles at the end of the genre-related chapters. Also useful are the many tables and charts, such as those listing evaluation criteria for each genre and the suggested Internet resources. The authors have also set up a companion Web site for the text at It is quite clear that they have a strong background in intellectual freedom, as the final chapter includes excellent coverage of the topic, raising both questions and offering answers for those who work with teens and their literature. Although it is directed more toward secondary English and reading teacher education programs, both public and school librarians will find this text useful, especially when creating genre-related bookmarks or bibliographies. The Historical Fiction chapter alone includes 146 titles, from the 1970s to as recent as 2003. 2006, Merrill/Prentice Hall, 395p.;Illus. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading., $48 pb. Ages adult professional.
—Ruth E. Cox
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"...this is a perfect text for college students. Young adults enjoy texts that are organized, concise, and relevant. This text lives up to that obligation and also, does so much more. The authors provide a comprehensive and engaging approach to the study of young adult literature — both fiction and non-fiction — and beckon their readers to learn so much through its many ancillary and critical thinking questions and activities. This is the perfect text for college students and teachers eager to learn about good books for teens and how best to motivate life-long readers." --- Jeffrey Stuart Kaplan, University of Central Florida

"The authors spend just the right amount of time explaining the material and providing examples. Novice and experienced individuals who want to know more about young adult literature will find this text a rich resource for becoming more knowledgeable about a field of study that is only now coming into its own. And classroom teachers will find this text an excellent place to find ideas, activities, and strategies for motivating young people to become life-long readers." --- Jeffrey Stuart Kaplan, University of Central Florida

"Young Adult Literature is a comprehensive text that focuses of various genres in a clear and no-fuss format." --- Andrea Neptune, Sierra College

"This text is a nice resource for anyone teaching Young Adult literature. The internet resources and Suggested Readings are excellent. The examples are current and up-to-date." --- Patricia L. Jones, University of South Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131118416
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/29/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Emerita of Educational Curriculum and Instruction at Old Dominion University, Dr. Katherine T. Bucher has written several books including Teaching in the Middle School (2011), Classroom Management; Models Applications and Cases (2012), and co-author (with Tami Craft Al-hazza) Books about the Middle East (2008). Dr. Bucher has also written numerous articles and book chapters. In 2008, she retired from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she served as assistant department chair and graduate program director for the school library program.

KaaVonia Hinton, PhD,
is an associate professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the author of Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose (2006) and Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy (2009), and co-author (with Gail K. Dickinson) of Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools (2007) and (with Sueanne McKinney) Mathematics Literature in the K-8 Classroom and Library (2010).

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Table of Contents


PART ONE Defining Adolescents and Their Literature

chapter 1 Understanding Young Adult Literature

chapter 2 Evaluating and Selecting Young Adult Literature

PART TWO Connecting Adolescents and Their Literature

chapter 3 Teaching, Using, and Appreciating Young Adult Literature

chapter 4 Protecting Intellectual Freedom

PART THREE Exploring Young Adult Literature

chapter 5 Exploring Contemporary Realistic Fiction

chapter 6 Exploring Adventure, Mystery, and Humor

chapter 7 Exploring Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

chapter 8 Exploring Historical Fiction

chapter 9 Exploring Biography

chapter 10 Exploring Nonfiction/Information Books

chapter 11 Exploring Poetry, Drama, and Short Stories

chapter 12 Exploring Other Formats: Comics, Graphic (Comic-Format) Novels, Picture Books, and Magazines


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