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Adolescent Literature

We examine books for young adults so we can better understand what makes them tick. Share your reads with us.

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Comment by Jasmine Tyler on August 6, 2009 at 8:49am
I read Repossessed this past school year and it was popular with several students (I teach in a small school - grades 9-12). Another favorite with young males especially was Laurie Halse Anderson's YA novel, Twisted.
Comment by Pam Goble on August 4, 2009 at 10:58pm
Book recs are always welcome!!!Thanks, Alan. I love new titles to share.
Comment by Alan Teasley on August 4, 2009 at 9:43am
Great conversation, Pam and Brandon! And kudos to Brandon for having such a great library of YA lit in your science room! This summer, as a part of my graduate English methods class, I assigned The Book Thief plus two of the students' choosing. For my two, I've read Marchetta's Jellicoe Road (this year's Printz winner), and I'm in the middle of A. M. Jenkins's Repossessed. Jellicoe Road blew me away with its two-generation story of friendship and family. Repossessed is about a demon from Hell (that's his job, not a description) who takes over an adolescent boy's body to experience life as a human. So far, it's funny (kind of a Nutty Professor meets Paradise Lost mash-up), but it has potential to be touching as well. Pam, if you haven't read these, you should add them to your vacation line up!
Comment by Brandon Jones on August 3, 2009 at 9:17pm
We have a really cool program in Arkansas called Literacy Lab that allows any teacher to go through 2 years of literacy training at one of the state colleges (totally free and paid for by our districts). Plus, we get $600 to spend on books thru Scholastic. But I also have a princiapl who over the course of three years has allotted me close to $750 to spend on books. The rest come from student donations or just lucky finds at used book stores. Btw, I teach 7th grade science.
Comment by Pam Goble on August 3, 2009 at 9:08pm
How did you get 8oo books in your library? That is awesome.
Comment by Pam Goble on August 3, 2009 at 9:08pm
6th, 7th and 8th grade and grad school. I teach the YA lit course at the grad level along with YA Lit: Genre Studies, AD Development and Middle School Curriculum... I am totally immersed in adolescence.
Comment by Brandon Jones on August 3, 2009 at 7:48pm
What grade(s) do you teach?
Comment by Pam Goble on August 3, 2009 at 7:45pm
Many in my YA class have really liked fact have loved it.
Comment by Brandon Jones on August 3, 2009 at 7:37pm
Thanks for the title. I'll have to add that one to my library as well. Especially since about 40% of my students are ESL.
Comment by Pam Goble on August 3, 2009 at 4:15pm
That is really a good sell for a book, Brandon. I just finished Home of the Brave this weekend. It is an excellent choice for a read aloud and for ELL/ESL students and also very good for us to model Atticus Finch and walk in their shoes.

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