Synopses & Reviews
This engaging and succinct overview of young adult literature uses a genre approach and an emphasis on immersion in literature to prepare tomorrow’s teachers to integrate literature into middle and high school curricula. Essentials of Young Adult Literature, 3/e focuses on reading young adult books, not just talking about them. It presents short chapters that include extensive recommended booklists organized by genre and topic, and relates young adult literature to current issues such as standards, the literary canon, censorship, close reading, critical literacy, and resistant readers.
The new edition of this popular text:
- Includes many new young adult book titles while retaining popular classics.
- Integrates many titles reflecting a global or multicultural focus into the genre chapters and includes a separate chapter addressing critical issues specific to these books.
- Updates features within chapters–Milestones, Excellent Books to Read Aloud, and Notable Authors and Illustrators–include important developments, recent young adult books, outstanding new authors, and current issues and controversies.
- Weaves connections to the Common Core State Standards throughout.
- Responds to the recent emphasis on informational text structures and formats in nonfiction (Ch. 6).
- Features a new author who shares expertise in the area of young adult literature.
Essentials of Young Adult Literature has become the best text for blending the online instruction world with the traditional classroom world through its careful discipline. While brief, the text has focused upon key issues and illustrated the practice of 7-12 classroom English teachers without drifting into personal reminiscence or academic fluff. Its structure allows for creative development of online mediums while its cautious and concise chapters set the stage for traditional classroom interaction, giving this text the versatility to engage in several learning environments. Its approach is such that it offers insights for the classroom English teacher while still providing background for the literature major planning on teaching college literature, or the creative writer with an eye on the young adult market. Essentials of Young Adult Literature has gleaned the key elements that present young adult literature as a gateway toward more advanced reading of “classical literature” by demonstrating that young adult literature connects young readers to a wider literary world. —- Dr. Thomas Eaton, Southern Missouri State University
This text is the perfect one for college students. It is engaging, accessible, and informative. This text is a smart combination of genre study and author biography and self-identity. I believe my students welcome using a text that is inviting, informative, and relevant to their teaching lives. The authors beckon their readers to learn so much through its many ancillaries and critical thinking questions and activities. This is the perfect text for college students and teachers eager to learn about good books for teens and how best to motivate lifelong readers. -- Jeffrey Stuart Kaplan, University of Central Florida
This text is excellent for providing an overview of young adult literature. It offers comprehensive recommended reading lists organized in meaningful ways to assist students in selecting appropriate materials in the young adult genre. The organization of the text itself makes it very useful because novice readers of young adult novels can easily familiarize themselves with the subgenres simply by looking at the Table of Contents and skimming the chapters. By using this text, students have a balance between reading about young adult novels and reading young adult novels for themselves. -- Dr. Charlotte Pass, SUNY Cortland
This engaging and succinct yet comprehensive overview of young adult literature uses a genre approach and an emphasis on immersive involvement in literature to prepare tomorrow's teachers to integrate literature into middle and high school curricula.
young adults, young adult literature, realistic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biography, informational books, non-fiction, poetry, plays, multicultural literature, literature in the curriculum, experiencing literature, book awards, magazines
Designed for pre- and in-service middle and high school teachers
Essentials of Young Adult Literature, 3/e gives readers an engaging and succinct yet comprehensive overview of young adult literature. Using a genre approach and an emphasis on immersion in literature, it prepares tomorrow’s teachers to integrate literature into middle and high school curricula. This book focuses on reading young adult books, not just talking about them. It presents short chapters that include extensive recommended booklists organized by genre and topic, and relates young adult literature to current issues such as standards, the literary canon, censorship, close reading, critical literacy, and resistant readers.
About the Author
Kathy G. Short
teaches graduate courses in young adult and children's literature, inquiry, and curriculum at the University of Arizona and taught in public schools in Ohio and Indiana. Her books include Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers
, Literature as a Way of Knowing
, and Stories Matter: The Complexity of Cultural Authenticity.
She is also co-author of Essentials of Children's Literature,
published by Pearson in 2014, and director of Worlds of Words (www.wowlit.org), an initiative to encourage the use of literature to explore global cultures. She serves on various book award committees and is President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Carl M. Tomlinson taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children's literature and language arts at Northern Illinois University. He was an elementary and middle school teacher in Thomasville, Georgia, public schools, and taught classes in English in Norway. He co-authored Essentials of Children's Literature, eighth edition, published by Pearson in 2014, and is the editor of Children's Books from Other Countries, published by USBBY and Scarecrow Press in 1998.
Carol Lynch-Brown taught graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, reading, and language arts education at Florida State University. She was a teacher in elementary school and middle school in St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools, and taught English in French Public Schools. She co-authored Essentials of Children's Literature, eighth edition, published by Pearson in 2014 and is a former editor of The Reading Teacher, a journal of the International Reading Association.
Holly Johnson teaches graduate courses in adolescent literature, adolescent literacy, and literacy as a linguistic and cultural tool at the University of Cincinnati. Her books include Creating Confident Adolescent Readers: Key Elements for Building Proficiency and Developing Critical Awareness at the Middle Level: Using Texts as Tools for Critique and Pleasure. She was a middle school language arts and reading teacher in Kentucky and Arizona, and taught as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, Africa.
Table of Contents
Brief Table of Contents
Part One: Young Adults and Young Adult Literature
CHAPTER ONE: Understanding Young Adults and Their Literature
CHAPTER TWO: Learning about Literature
Part Two: Genres of Literature
CHAPTER THREE: Realistic Fiction
CHAPTER FOUR: Fantasy and Science Fiction
CHAPTER FIVE: Historical Fiction
CHAPTER SIX: Nonfiction: Biography and Informational Books
CHAPTER SEVEN: Poetry and Plays
CHAPTER EIGHT: Literature for a Diverse Society
Part Three Literature in the Schools
CHAPTER NINE: Literature in the Curriculum
CHAPTER TEN: Experiencing Literature
APPENDIX A: Book Awards
APPENDIX B : Magazines
Index to Books and Authors