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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 Ryan Goble on December 13, 2013 at 3:51pm

Jerry, that is a really interesting discussion - you can post it above as a crowdsource ? then it will have a URL and I can broadcast it... See 

Comment by Jerry Craft on December 13, 2013 at 10:39am

I wanted to share with you some of the comments I've gotten from YA /  Middle grade publishers and get your thoughts.  Over the last dozen years I've pitched numerous scripts and graphic novels and have been told over and over again that my books should not have: 1) flashbacks because kids can be confused by them; 2) stories told from multiple characters. I should choose one and stick to it. 3) Mainstream audiences won't always relate with characters of color. --  As a result, even though I have done some work for them, the stories that I write that I really love, I end up publishing myself. My new anti-bullying novel uses flashbacks, multiple viewpoints AND a multicultural cast of characters. Three NO-NOs wrapped up in one! I meet kids on a daily basis that can build websites, take apart computers, and do everything there is to do on a phone. I don't think they'll have a problem following a flashback. What do you think?

Comment by Ryan Goble on January 30, 2011 at 10:11pm
Hi Nancy,

You know this is a GREAT resource - thanks so much for sharing BUT do consider moving your wall post up above us BECAUSE (drum roll) that way your question has a URL and a "reply feature."

Unfortunately, big ideas/resources on the comment wall (here) are not easy to respond to and get buried over time.

When you post a ? or resource in a special interest group discussion forum - your "affinity group" peeps can give you feedback. Also, because diss forum posts have URLs it will be archived AND I can broadcast the question to the whole Ning for the Week in Review!

Also this one would be a great resource in the World History and Middle School groups as well.

Thanks for all your great work - as always - please share more cool resources when you can!

Comment by Justin on January 18, 2011 at 8:23pm

Please share your activities.  I have always wanted to read that book with my classes.  You can email me @




Comment by Jennifer Trannon on January 18, 2011 at 8:15pm
For anyone who has never read Red Kayak with a class. . . I did it as a read aloud with 7th graders this year, and in all my years of teaching, I can honestly say I have never had students have a stronger reaction to a book.  They loved it.  They fought at the end of every chapter for me to keep reading.  It is also a perfect story for teaching literary elements-- it has almost all of them including all 4 kinds of conflict.  If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to share the activities I did with it.  Many students told me their final project was the best they've ever done.  They were so sad when it all ended and learned so much!
Comment by Kelly Farrow on December 16, 2010 at 10:19am

These reviews are WONDERFUL!! Thanks to all of you for writing them and posting them. They help those of us in the library field or who run book clubs for teens, plus those of us who just love YA lit and enjoy hearing about new titles. Good on y'all!!

Comment by Ryan Goble on November 22, 2010 at 8:45pm
Hi Mari - do consider posting your question with a little more info (grade, theme you want to tackle, etc.) up above us in the discussion forum. That way we can broadcast it as a crowdsource ? and people can have an organized place to respond. The comment wall tends to bury great resources / posts!
Comment by Mary Goll on August 23, 2010 at 7:59am
I am a student teacher and developing a unit on S.E. Hinton's That Was Then and This is Now. Any advice is appreciated.
Comment by Kelly Farrow on July 24, 2010 at 7:28pm
Two great groups you might be interested if you serve an urban population or have lots of kids who enjoy Street Lit: - A great Street Lit wiki - A LinkedIn group for those interested in Street Lit
Comment by Pam Goble on July 10, 2010 at 10:27pm
We are completing a grad course in Genre Studies and texts that I would recommend are Heather Lattimer's Genre Studies and K. Campbell's
Less is More for references, ideas and lists. They are wonderful resources.

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