Young Adult Literature

Before I DieWe are in what has been called by some a golden age in the publishing of books for teens.  It turns out many of these books are simply great reads and coming of age stories for adults and teens alike  When a book club has a month when many readers are too busy for a long read, I think turning to teen fiction for shorter, faster reads is a great idea.  For my group, this need for shorter fiction happens in December and in the summer months.

The last post mentioned looking at Booklist Editors’ Choice Awards – why not check out the editor’s choice awards for Youth? Booklist Editors’ Choice for Youth

Under the “Older Readers” section you’ll find a stunning biography wartorn Pakistan, a book about Annie Sullivan’s first experiences with Helen Keller, a book about a teen girl with a terminal disease struggling to cram in a life time of experience into a brief window,  a book about a girl on the homefront during the Civil War, and Nick Hornby’s first book written for teens about a skater whose girlfriend is pregnant.  There’s a broad range of reading appeals and voices to be found in teen fiction.  These books often get groups talking about their own coming of age experiences. 

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Mary Ellen Quinn is the author of the Historical Dictionary of Librarianship (2014), the former editor of Reference Books Bulletin, and a long-time contributing writer to Booklist.

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  1. richard@softskull.com' Richard Nash says:

    There’s also a reading group guide for Lydia Millet’s How the Dead Dream, another of the Editor’s Choices.
    http://www.softskull.com/files/HtDDguideA.pdf

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