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Literature for Young Adults: Books (and More) for Contemporary Readers / Edition 1

Literature for Young Adults: Books (and More) for Contemporary Readers / Edition 1

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Young adults are actively looking for anything that connects them with the changes happening in their lives, and the books discussed throughout Literature for Young Adults have the potential to make that connection and motivate them to read.

It explores a great variety of works, genres, and formats, but it places special emphasis on contemporary works whose nontraditional themes, protagonists, and literary conventions make them well suited to young adult readers. It also looks at the ways in which contemporary readers access and share the works they're reading, and it shows teachers ways to incorporate nontraditional ways of accessing and sharing books throughout their literature programs.

In addition to traditional genre chapters, Literature for Young Adults includes chapters on literary nonfiction; poetry, short stories, and drama; cover art, picture books, illustrated literature, and graphic novels; and film. It recognizes that, while films can be used to complement print literature, they are also a literacy format in their own right-and one that young adults are particularly familiar and comfortable with.

The book's discussion of literary language—including traditional elements as well as metafictive terms—enables readers to share in a literary conversation with their students (and others) when communicating about books. It will help readers teach young adults the language they need to articulate their responses to the books they are reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934432433
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joan L. Knickerbocker is a Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Ashland University, USA.

Martha A. Brueggeman is a Professor Emeritus of Ashland University, USA.

James A. Rycik is a Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Ashland University, USA

Table of Contents


About the Authors

1 Changing Literature, Changing Readers, Changing Classrooms

2 Bringing Young Adults and Literature Together

3 The Language of Literary Conversations

4 Realistic Fiction

5 Historical Fiction

6 Traditional Literature

7 Fantasy and Speculative Fiction

8 Nonfiction

9 Poetry, Short Stories, and Drama

10 Film

APPENDIX: Literature Awards and Booklists

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