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Literature and the Young Adult Reader, 1st edition

  • Ernest L. Bond

Published by Pearson (September 21st 2010) - Copyright © 2011

1st edition


Written for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and media specialists;  this Young Adult Literature text provides a fresh and exciting experience for readers as it leads them to the newest and best offerings of literature available for adolescents today.  The author’s own wide reading and uncanny ability to recognize what middle school students will and should read plays out in rich text sets and authentic classroom features designed to help teachers captivate both motivated and reluctant readers. 


Table of contents

Literature and the Young Adult Reader


Table of Contents


Introduction                    5


Chapter 1: Literature for Young Adults



Classroom Scenes             2

Defining Young Adult Literature                4

The Printz Award            11

YA Literature in Schools  15

Selecting and Evaluating YA Literature               26

Topic Focus:

What do Young Adults Choose to Read?           37

Young Adult Choice Award        39

Understanding Cultural Context and Authentic Narrative 41

Diversity in the USA        45       

Literary Theory:

Literary Theory and YA Literature                     52

Reader Response Criticism         54



Technology Links: Young Adult Library Services Association    10

Author Spotlight: Walter Dean Myers                 12

Extensions:  Booktalks                18

In the Field: Joni Richards Bodart on Booktalks             20

Author Spotlight: An Na  23

In the Field: Serving Young Adults in the Library            28

Audio Books: An Introduction    32

Audio Books: Diversity and Literature                33

Tune in to Teen Listening: Pam Holley on Audio Books             34

Author Spotlight: Chris Crutcher             38

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Judith Ortiz Cofer               48


Chapter 2: The History of YA Literature and the Role of the Classics  



Investigating Historical Texts and Trends   67

A Chronology of Young Adult Literature   70

A Brief History of YA Literature               72

            Oral Literature       72

            Young Adults and Reading            73

            The Emergence of YA Literature   77

Historical texts in the Classroom                84

Topic Focus: Selection and Censorship                89

Young Adults and the Classics                  91

Revisiting the Classics                 100

            Abridgements, Retellings, and Adaptations         101

            Retellings             102

            Myths and Epics as Classics       104

            Pairing                 105

            Bridging               106

Topic Focus: Literature Circles and Journaling    110

Literary Theory: New Criticism   116

Books Referenced: YA Books   




In the Field: June Harris on Selecting Age Appropriate Literature             79

Author Spotlight: Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff                  80

Technology Links: Historical Works Online                      86

Author Spotlight: Lois Duncan       87

Audio Books: Historical and Classic Connections             95

In the Field: Read-Alouds at the Gary Public Library                   96

Author Spotlight: Gary Blackwood            97

Author Spotlight: Julius Lester     108

Books to Film: Classics               110

In the Field: Literature Circles with Janine King    112



Chapter 3: Illustrated Literature for Young Adults



Using Picturebooks with Young Adults    119

Narrative and the Picture Book               120

Picture Books for Young Adults   123

Wordless and Almost Wordless Picture Books              126

Elements of Illustration and Graphic Design         127

·    Artistic Style                    133

·    Artistic Media and Graphic Technique                135

Selecting and Evaluating Illustrated Literature for YA      141

Topic Focus: English Language Learners             143

Sequential Art for Young Adults   145

What is a Graphic Novel              145

Comic Books to Graphic Novels: A Chronology 148

Why Use GN with Young Adults?                      155

A Survey of Graphic Novels for Young Adults               165

Literary Theory: Postmodernist Literary Criticism188



Author Spotlight: An Interview with Patricia Polacco      121

In the Field: ELL Writing with Wordless Picturebooks    127

Technology Links: Virtual insight into the illustrator’s studio                    139

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Bryan Collier140

            Author Spotlight: An Interview with Colleen Doran                     151

In the Field: Graphic Novels and Manga in the Library    160

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Jeff Smith                162

Technology Links: Comics Online187

Picture Books Referenced          

Great Graphic Novels for Young Adults             

Comic Book Resources              

Books Referenced: Secondary Sources  



Chapter 4: From the Campfire to the Stage: Traditional and Scripted Literature for Young Adults



From the Oral Tradition to the Written Word                 193

Traditional Narrative Forms and the Young Adult Reader           199

Folklore   199

 Literary Tales                  202

 Fables      203

Novelized Folktales         204

Folklore Collections         206

Legend s   208

            King Arthur         208

            Robin Hood        213

Epics        214

Myths       215

Myth Collections             217

Religious Stories              217

Scary Stories                   218

The Question of Culture and Fakelore     221

Power, Nationalism, and Folklore224

Topic Focus: Examining Folktale Variants for Creative Writing              225

Examining Cultural Variation in the Cinderella Story                   226

Examining Variation in Artistic Renderings of Rapunzel              229

Novels in the Folk Tradition         231

Literary Theory: Myth and Archetypal Criticism              235

From Page to Stage to Imagination                      237

            Storytelling                      240

            Soliloquies and Monologues                    241

Reader’s Theatre             242

            Creative Drama or Improvisation            243

            Professional Plays            249

            Partaking in Drama          250

Selecting and Evaluating YA Drama                    256

Survey of the Literature    257

Topic Focus: Marilee Miller from Anchorage Press Plays           261     

Differences between dramatic narrative and prose narrative        262

Literary Theory: Critical Literacy  265




Author Spotlight: An Interview with Joseph Bruchac       196

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Jane Yolen              211

Guidelines for Selecting and Evaluating Traditional Literature for YA      218

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Donna Jo Napoli     218

Audiobooks: Traditional Literature                      221

Extensions: Visual Interpretations 231

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Jon Scieszka231

Technology Links:  Digital Storytelling: Oral Literature Online                 234

Author Spotlight: Max Bush         237

Technology Links: The Monologue Database                 242

Author Spotlight: Aidan Chambers                      245

Topic Focus: Marilee Miller from Anchorage Press Plays           251

In the Field: Workshopping a Play253

In the Field: Playwriting with Chip Lamb at the Key School        255

In the Field: Cappies: Teens as reviewers of drama                     260




Chapter 5: Speculative Fiction: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction




Understanding Speculative Worlds                      269

A Survey of Fantasy for Young Adults    275

·        Animal Fantasy    276

·        Toy Fantasy                    278

·        Eccentric Characters, Mythical Creatures, and Fantastic Worlds            279

·        Magical Powers               283

·        Suspense and Supernatural Fantasy         286

·        Time Shift Fantasy           287

·        Imaginary Realms and Alternate Histories288

·        Almost Real or Surreal                289

·        Modern Fairy Tales         290

·        High Fantasy                   291

Suspending Disbelief                    296

Selecting and Evaluating Speculative Fiction        301

Science Fiction for Young Adults 302

·        Alien and Space Travel               305

·        Space Adventure and Space Odyssey     306

·        The Future: Technology   307

·        The Future: Experiments  307

·        The Future: Cloning         309

·        Future Catastrophies and Societal Change                      311

·        Utopian/Dystopian Fiction313

·        Time Travel                     313

·        The Mind’s Potential        314

Ethics and Science Fiction            315

A Survey of Horror for Young Adults     322

·        Vampires  322

·        Ghosts      322

·        Various Frights    324

Literary Theory: Psychoanalytic Criticism            325



A Chronology of Young Adult Fantasy    271

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Tamora Pierce                     272

Technology Links: Potter Fan Fiction      284

In the Field:  Online Student Book Recommendations     292

Audio books: Speculative Fiction 294

Film Box: Speculative Fiction                  295

Technology Links: Fan Art, Trailers, and Wizard Rock   298

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Peter Dickenson      300

A Chronology of Science Fiction for Young Adults                     304

A Chronology of Horror for Young Adults          318

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Annette Curtis Klaus           319




Chapter 6: Contemporary Realistic Fiction   



The Appeal of Contemporary Realistic Fiction                318

Selecting and Evaluating the Genre                      320

History of Contemporary Realistic Fiction           321

Literary Elements of Cotemporary Realistic Fiction                     326


 Plot          328

 Setting      329

 Voice       330

 Style         330

 Themes    332

Some Popular Themes in Contemporary Realistic Fiction            332

 Families and Hope           332

 Peers, Friends, and Social Outcasts        335

 Special Needs                 339

 Aging and Death              340

 Sports      342

 Survival Stories    343

 Mysteries and Thrillers                347

 Humor      349

 Romance  349

 School Stories                 352

Controversial Topics that Frequently Face Challenges    353

 Sex          354

 Gender and Homosexuality                     361

 Blood and Guts               363

International Literature     368

Literary Theory: Polyphony in Feminist and Postcolonial Theory 369



In the Field: Holding a Virtual Author Visit           313

Technology Links:  Virtual Chat with Cynthia Leitich Smith                    315

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Sharon Draper                    323

Technology Links:  ReadWriteThink Lessons Online       331

In the Field: The Power of The Misfits     338

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Mary Casanova       344

The Edgar Award: Young Adult Category           348

Topic Focus: Carolyn Carpan on Teen Romance Fiction            349

Technology Links: Resources for Facing Book Bannings             357

Audio Books: Contemporary Realistic     358

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Angela Johnson       359

In the Field: Patrick Jones on Creating a Core Collection            364

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Garret Freyman-Weyr         365

In the Field:  Book Buddies: A Cross-age Dialogue Journal        367

Books Referenced372



Chapter 7: Literature Across the Curriculum: Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, and Life Stories




Historical Fiction vs. fictional history, and historical nonfiction                 393

Historical Context 396

Historical Accuracy                     397

Tone and Perspective                  399

History of Historical Fiction          404

History as a Reconstruction of the Past    406

Everyday people   409

Authors Context and Perspective 411

Educational Benefits of Historical Fiction             413

Selecting and Evaluating Historical Fiction           414

World War II in Context              416

Nonfiction Connections    420

Literary and Social Issues            424

A Survey of the Literature            429

Nonfiction Literature for the Young Adult            436

Inquiry and Investigation  438

New Perspectives and Multiple Views               440

Capturing Teen Interests  442

            Sports                 442

            The Birds and the Bees   443

Disaster, Survival, and Adventure445

Literature Across the Curriculum  446

Life Stories           454

Selecting and Evaluating Nonfiction and Life Stories       467

Literary Theory: Biographical Criticism and New Historicism                 467



Author Spotlight: An Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson                   395

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Linda Sue Park       400

Chronology of Historical Fiction   403

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Will Hobbs              408

Audio Books: Historical Fiction               415

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Eleanora Tate                      421

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Pam Munoz Ryan    424

Audio Books: Nonfiction and Life Stories            434

Autobiography vs. Fictionalized Biography          455

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Sheldon Oberman   458

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Jack Gantos 462

In the Field: Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers                     467

Books Referenced434



Chapter 8:  Poetry



Is there such a thing as Young Adult poetry?       348

Poetry and the Young Adult Reader                    352

Elements of Poetry355

Poetic Forms        365

Guidelines for Selecting and Evaluating Poetry for YA    374

Poetry in the Classroom               377

Formats of Poetry 379

            Picture Book Poems        379

            Anthologies                     380

            Edited Anthologies           381

Novels in Verse and Verse in Novels                  386

Nonfiction: Memoirs and Biography                    391

Bronx Masquerade                      392

Topic Focus: Writing Poetry        396

Literary Theory: The Concept of Deconstruction 404

Books Referenced409



Author Spotlight: An Interview with Naomi Shihab Nye              350

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Arnold Adoff362

Technology Links:  The Favorite Poem Project               374

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Janet Wong  375

Audio Books: Poetry Selections   378

Author Spotlight: An Interview with Nikki Grimes393

In the Field: Virtual Open Mic at Washington High School          397

Author Spotlight: An Interview with April Halprin Wayland                    398

Technology Links:  The Orality of Poetry             403

Topic Focus: Dialogue Journals               407


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