Reading Like a Wolf Eats

Sometimes it seems like every available surface in my house and office looks like this. And I’m not in the middle of moving or reorganizing bookshelves. I just like books. A lot. This week, I laid my cards on the table in Adolescent Literature class.The only thing I really care that you do in this…

Diversity in Adolescent Literature

A few weeks ago, one of my students, Rachel, wrote a provocative post called “Diversity Please Speak Up.” She recounts an experience in a different class where the students were asked to construct a reading list of books everyone needs to read by the time they graduate from high school. The list ended up consisting of…

No Teens Were Harmed in the Making of These Books

Nikki Highfill (@nikkijh24) 1/23/13, 10:35 AM Tired of reading depressing stories about dying kids. Looking for happy feel-good YA lit recommendations. Please and thank you. #eng438 As promised, a very idiosyncratic list of YA novels that have made me happy over the past few years. Enjoy! The entire Casson family series by Hilary McKay: Saffy’s…

The History of Young Adult Literature

To go along with our exploration of early YA novels this week in ENG 438, you might enjoy YA author David Lubar’s very short humorous piece on The History of Young Adult Novels in which angst and double initials reign supreme. For a more serious look at the genre’s history, read librarian Gretchen Kolderup’s excellent post, The…