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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

About the Author

Dr. Ernest Bond is the Co-Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and an Associate Professor at Salisbury University. Bond is the 2007 Maryland Professor of the Year (Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and the recipient of the 2006- 2007 Maryland Regent's Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Bond is the co-author of Interactive Assessment, has authored chapters (in Harry Potter's World), articles (in Theory into Practice, Journal of Children's Literature), and book reviews (Bookbird, School Library Journal). He was the 2010 US jurist for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and serves on the jury for the US Professors of the Year. Bond is also one of the founders of the Green Earth Book Awards, for books that inspire environmental stewardship in young readers. For his service on this award he was recognized with the President's Gold Volunteer Service Award (2010). In the summers he teaches International Children's Literature courses in various countries around the world including New Zealand and Australia.


"This is the first time I have had students who are discussing the textbook and what they like about it - on their own. I didn't ask them, it just became a discussion thread. Bond has done an outstanding job." - Barbara Fiehn, EdD, Western Kentucky University

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