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ERIC Number: ED517048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 256
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8389-1045-0
ISSN: N/A
Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism
Cart, Michael
ALA Editions
Today's young adult (YA) literature is every bit as complex as the audience it's written for, unflinchingly addressing such topics as homosexuality, mental illness, AIDS and drug abuse. In this much expanded revision of his 1996 book, veteran author Michael Cart shows how the best of contemporary YA lit has evolved to tackle such daunting subjects without resorting to sensationalism. He brings his historical survey of this category fully up to date, covering its explosive growth in the past decade, and advocating that librarians and teachers look beyond romance and horror when advising young adults. This survey helps YA librarians who want to freshen up their readers' advisory skills, teachers who use novels in the classroom, and adult services librarians who increasingly find themselves addressing the queries of teen patrons by covering the: (1) Reading habits of today's teens; (2) Influence of new technologies and formats; and (3) New YA lit awards. This insightful and often humorous work presents the evolution of YA lit in an appealing way, making it equally useful for students of literary studies. Librarians and teachers will definitely update their recommended "to read" lists after a spin through Cart's advisory. A selected bibliography and an index are included.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Media Staff; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Library Association