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Carl M. Tomlinson taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s literature and language arts at Northern Illinois University. As an elementary school teacher, he packed his classroom with good children’s books and read aloud to his students every day. His research interests are literature-based reading and international children’s literature. In addition to Essentials of Young Adult Literature, he has co-authored Essentials of Children’s Literature (Allyn and Bacon) and is the editor of Children’s Books from Other Countries (Scarecrow/USBBY).
Carol Lynch-Brown taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, reading, and language arts education at Florida State University. She was a teacher in elementary school, grades 1, 2, and 4, and in middle school, grades 6 to 8, in St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools. She also taught English to young adults in French public schools. Literature was the foundation of her instruction in all these classroom situations. She is currently raising a teenaged grandson and seeing, once again, the benefits of literature in a young person’s life.
Table of Contents
PART 1: YOUNG ADULT S AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
CHAPTER ONE: Understanding Young Adults and Young Adult Literature
CHAPTER TWO: Learning about Books
PART 2: GENRES OF LITERATURE
CHAPTER THREE: Realistic Fiction
CHAPTER FOUR: Modern Fantasy
CHAPTER FIVE: Historical Fiction
CHAPTER SIX: Nonfiction: Biography and Informational Books
CHAPTER SEVEN: Poetry
CHAPTER EIGHT: Literature for a Diverse Society
PART 3: LITERATURE IN THE SCHOOLS
CHAPTER NINE: Teaching Strategies
CHAPTER TEN: Resistant Readers and Young Adult Literature
CHAPTER ELEVEN: Censorship, Classics, Accountability, Technology:
Issues and Trends
APPENDIX A: Book Awards
APPENDIX B: Magazines
Index to Books and Authors