Young Adult Literature : Exploration, Evaluation and Appreciation

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-04
  • Publisher: Pearson
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KEY BENEFIT: This fresh approach to young adult literature shows teachers how to connect with their adolescent students and connect their students with good literature. Comprehensive enough to ensure that teachers understand todayrs"s adolescents and the literature that will engage them, yet slim enough to ensure readers have the opportunity to read the books themselves, this book helps teachers provide a rich educational experience for adolescents throughout the middle and secondary curriculum while nourishing their love of reading. Thoroughly updated, the text continues to address adolescent culture and the types of literature that engage adolescents, including horror, graphic novels, Japanesemangacomic books, and many forms of media, more thoroughly and insightfully than any other on the market. Middle and Secondary In-service Teachers and Reading Specialists.

Author Biography

A former school library media specialist and public librarian, Dr. Katherine Bucher has written several books including Teaching in the Middle School (2009), Classroom Management; Models Applications and Cases (2007), and Books about the Middle East (2008), as well as 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 is an assistant 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 Draper: Embracing Literacy (2009), and co-author (with Gail K. Dickinson) of Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools (2007).

Table of Contents



PART I            Defining Adolescents and Their Literature


Chapter 1         Understanding Young Adult Literature

Chapter 2         Reviewing and Evaluating Young Adult Literature


            PART II           Connecting Adolescents and Their Literature


Chapter 3         Teaching, Using, and Appreciating Young Adult Literature        

Chapter 4         Protecting Intellectual Freedom 



            PART III          Exploring Young adult Literature


Chapter 5         Exploring Contemporary Realistic Fiction 

Chapter 6         Exploring Adventure, Mystery, and Humor 

Chapter 7         Exploring Fantasy, Science Fiction, 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.  


Index — complete subject, author, title index

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