Ellen Conford, who died on March 23, was one of the pioneering writers of what was then a nascent literary movement: young adult YA fiction. Afraid of parental criticism and the threat of concerned administrators, she claimed, librarians were turning away from a tide of literature about and for young adults. By , critics were already looking for some kind of canon of young adult novels. By comparing young adult novels to books by classic authors like Faulkner and Dickens, Bachelder helped legitimize books for young readers. Another decade led to even more legitimacy for young adult books. Daly noted that young adult literature was extremely popular with its intended audience—but that adult critics made the mistake of assuming it was all the same.
What are the Characteristics of Young Adult Literature?
Using a variety of literary, cultural and educational perspectives, Jill guest blogs about the latest in YA lit and the general direction, trends and changes of the field. This month, Jill pairs classic high school reads with great teen fiction. For avid teen readers, the end of summer vacation can herald the end of reading what they want and a return to reading what they must. But pitting YA books against the classics of Western literature doesn't have to be an either-or proposition: Some pairs can illuminate each other in new and interesting ways.
Using beloved novels as a jumping-off point for new stories — whether they are faithful continuations, monstrous tales that somehow manage to inject all kinds of ghoulies into classic tales, or entirely fresh spins on enduring material — is a great way to spice up a stale reading list and provide some real richness to fresh stories. Here are eleven good ones to get you started. It seems highly improbable that anyone read F.
These 10 classic novels for teens are often taught in American high schools, and they're ones you'll want to share with your teenager. Just before they enter high school is a great time to introduce teens to some classic novels and prepare them for the books they may be studying in school. Give your teen a head start by checking out some of these classic novels for high school students. They are all recommended for ages 14 and up.