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ERIC Number: ED061219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 248
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Books and the Teen-age Reader: A Guide for Teachers, Librarians and Parents. Revised and Updated.
Carlsen, G. Robert
The current changing preferences of teen-agers, changes which result from social forces, are presented. An attempt is also made to orient adults to a better understanding of the concerns of young people. The point is made that these concerns can, with skillful guidance, lead the young to a lifetime habit of reading and finding out for themselves and helping to shape society instead of just "letting it happen" to them. This book is divided into 15 chapters. In Chapter 1, The Reading Experience, reading is described as being almost synonymous with civilization. Chapter 2, the Teen-ager and World, lists six areas in which reading can help guide youth toward suitable goals. Chapter 3, The Stages of Reading Development, lists early, middle, and late adolescence as these stages. In Chapter 4, Subliterature, three types are listed: comic books, juvenile books, and adult romance and literature. Chapter 5, The Adolescent Novel, describes this type of book as the best type for weaning the teen-ager away from subliterature. In Chapter 6, The Popular Adult Book, the point is made that this book is accepted by teen-agers when they become bored with what is obviously stereotyped reading. The remaining nine chapters are entitled The Shocker, Significant Modern Literature, The Place of the Classics, Poetry, Biography--The Bridge Between Fact and Fiction, Nonfiction: Something for Everyone, Reading for the College Bound, The Ethnic Experience in Literature, and A Guide to Reference Books. (See ED 023 675 for 1967 edition.) (CK)
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