Literature for Today's Young Adults by Alleen Pace NilsenLiterature for Today's Young Adults by Alleen Pace Nilsen

Literature for Today's Young Adults

byAlleen Pace Nilsen, James Blasingame, Kenneth L. Donelson

Hardcover | April 9, 2012

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Long respected as the number one book in the field, Literature for Today’s Young Adults gives teachers, librarians, parents, counselors, and other group leaders—as well as instructors and students in college courses in Adolescent/Young Adult Literature—a comprehensive look at YA literature framed within a literary, historical, and social context as a means to motivating teens to become life-long readers. Included is helpful information on evaluating YA books of all genres, using YA literature effectively with English Language Learners, incorporating digital and other new literacies into classroom teaching, and dealing with today’s increasingly diverse and challenging censorship issues.

Alleen Pace Nilsen has been a co-author of Literature for Today’s Young Adults since the very first edition in 1980.  She and Ken Donelson were also co-editors of the English Journal and founding editors of The ALAN Review.  They both served as Presidents of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) and as Directors of...
Title:Literature for Today's Young AdultsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:504 pages, 11 × 8.6 × 1 inPublished:April 9, 2012Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0132685779

ISBN - 13:9780132685771


Table of Contents

Part One: Understanding Young Adults and Books

Chapter 1           Young Adults and Their Reading

Chapter 2         A Brief History of Young Adult Literature

Chapter 3         Digital and Other New Literacies for Teachers and Librarians


Part Two: Modern Young Adult Reading

Chapter 4         Contemporary Realistic Fiction: From Romances to Tragedies to Magical Realism

Chapter 5           Fantasy, Supernatural, Science Fiction, Utopias, and Dystopias

Chapter 6         Poetry, Drama, Humor, and New Media

Chapter 7           Adventure, Westerns, Sports, and Mysteries

Chapter 8         Historical Fiction: Of People and Places

Chapter 9           Nonfiction: Information, Literary Nonfiction, Biographies, and Self-Help Books


Part Three: Adults and the Literature of Young Adults

Chapter 10        Evaluating, Promoting, and Using Young Adult Books

Chapter 11          Young Adult Literature in the English Class

Chapter 12        Censorship: Of Worrying and Wondering

Editorial Reviews

I have used the text Literature for Today's Young Adults again and again; the book was very thorough, and the background it gave about young adult literature helped me to understand the importance of using this genre in my classroom.  I have used the booklists to find books that fit into certain genres or help students find a great book about a certain topic.  For example, when my colleague and I prepared a unit on bullying, we used the list on "Buddies and Bullies" in Chapter 4.  I have also used many of the ideas about using YA literature to create stronger reading and writing assignments.  Notes I have made in the margins include: "Good book questions to ask..."; "Good quote, could use when writing short stories or narratives"; and "NOTE TO ME: Don’t forget to look at humor in literary analysis."    -- Shelly Shaffer, Brimhall Junior High School, Mesa, Arizona   Literature for Today's Young Adults has served as a wonderfully useful resource in my role as both a practicing teacher and teacher educator. During my first year of teaching, I dedicated myself to reading every title listed on the Honor List to enhance my familiarity with texts available to teen readers.  In the university classroom, I regularly draw upon the censorship materials to help students engage in preemptive behaviors to ward off the likeliness of such attacks and know how to best respond should they arise. -- Wendy Glenn, University of Connecticut   My field is ESL and I took Dr. Nilsen's course in an effort to learn new ways of engaging international students in the world of literature as I aimed to develop their reading and writing skills in English.  I found that Nilsen's Literature for Today's Young Adults serves me well not only as a guide and reference but as a rich source of insight into American culture and modern English literature for young people. --Thomas Washington, American English and Culture Program, Arizona State University    Teachers need a good resource library which will enable them to teach to all students across varied interests and literacies.  I use VideoHound to find films, and Literature for Today's Young Adults  to find YA books.    --Stacy Graber, Desert Vista High School, Tempe    I purchased the 7th edition of Literature for Today's Young Adults in 2007, and I still refer to it four years later, as I prepare for my English methods courses and as I write and review articles.  The pages are bookmarked, dog-eared, highlighted, and annotated, and the book itself holds a prominent place on my shelf so that it is easily accessible to me and my students.  -- Katie Mason, Wichita State University   All librarians working with teens should have Literature for Today's Young Adults on their reference shelf. As a middle school librarian, I relied on the Honor List to build a collection of the best reading material for my students. When I moved to a university library, I used the book as a guide in the creation of a collection of young adult e-books for future English teachers. Literature for Today's Young Adults continues to be my number one resource for young adult literature collection development. -- Ann Dutton Ewbank,Arizona State University