2nd Edition

Literature for Young Adults
Books (and More) for Contemporary Readers

ISBN 9781138478725
Published September 11, 2019 by Routledge
378 Pages

USD $59.95

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Book Description

Now in its second edition, this book explores a great variety of genres and formats of young adult literature while placing special emphasis on contemporary works with nontraditional themes, protagonists, and literary conventions that are well suited to young adult readers. It looks at the ways in which contemporary readers can access literature and share the works they're reading, and it shows teachers the resources that are available, especially online, for choosing and using good literature in the classroom and for recommending books for their students’ personal reading. In addition to traditional genre chapters, this book includes chapters on literary nonfiction; poetry, short stories, and drama; and film. Graphic novels, diversity issues, and uses of technology are also included throughout the text. The book's discussion of literary language—including traditional elements as well as metafictive terms—enables readers to share in a literary conversation with their peers (and others) when communicating about books. This book is an essential resource for preservice educators to help young adults understand and appreciate the excellent literature that is available to them.

New to the second edition:

  • New popular authors, books, and movies with a greater focus on diversity of literature
  • Updated coverage of new trends, such as metafiction, a renewed focus on nonfiction, and retellings of canonical works
  • Increased attention to graphic novels and multimodal texts throughout the book
  • eResources with downloadable materials, including book lists, awards lists, and Focus Questions

Table of Contents


About the Authors

1 Changing Literature, Changing Readers, Changing Classrooms

2 Bringing Young Adults and Literature Together

3 The Language of Literary Conversations

4 Realistic Fiction

5 Historical Fiction

6 Traditional Literature

7 Fantasy and Speculative Fiction

8 Nonfiction

9 Poetry, Short Stories, and Drama

10 Film

APPENDIX: Literature Awards and Booklists


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Joan L. Knickerbocker is a Professor at The Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University, Ohio, USA.

James A. Rycik is Emeritus Professor at The Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University, Ohio, USA.

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