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2 By: Kelly Harper & Cynthia Howard Contemporary Realistic Fiction

3 What is Contemporary Realistic Fiction? Genre that mirrors life Books have characters, events, and plots that have not actually happened in real life, but could actually happen Characters deal with lifes ups and downs in realistic ways

4 Genres Within Animals Humor Mystery Problem Novels Series Books Sports Survival and Adventure

5 Major Themes Overcoming fears and accepting responsibilities Understanding families, divorce, and adoption Accomplishing goals in sports Developing and Maturing

6 More Themes Finding Romance Finding friends: Relationships, alienation, and a sense of belonging

7 Themes Cont. Coping with violence, crime, alcohol, and drug abuse Living with physical and mental disabilities

8 Themes Cont. Coping with death, disease, accidents, and suicide, and growing old Developing an understanding of sexual issues Living in global society: politics, war, prejudice, conflicts, religion

9 Choosing Quality Literature Within the Genre Realistic Setting Credible, non-stereotypical characters- multidimensional, change over time Believable problems, solved in culturally grounded and realistic ways Natural dialogue Theme applicable to childrens lives

10 How the Genre Has Evolved Over Time Time PeriodDescription Pre 1960s Many realities of human existence (pregnancy, crime, social injustice, etc) deemed unsuitable for children and not included in childrens literature Mid 1960s American society changes (Vietnam War, civil rights movement, etc) Effects were too widespread to hide and young people began to be seen as full citizens. Darker subject matter was introduced into childrens books 1970s- Present Society continues to change and topics reflecting that change appear in childrens literature (AIDS, drugs in schools, inner-city survival, terrorism, etc.)

11 Why Realistic Fiction? MY Life- shared problems and situations Allows children to identify with characters and deal with issues in a different way Judy Blume

12 R.F. for Young Children Barbara Park: Primary Paula Danzinger: Primary/mid. school humor Beverly Cleary: Primary/mid school humor Judy Blume: Preteen

13 Notable Pre-teen/Teen Authors Judy Blume: teen/pre-teen problem novels Betsy Byers: Pre teen problem novels Virginia Hamilton: African Am. Experience Lois Lowry: teen/pre-teen problem Phyllis R. Naylor: adolescent humor, animal stories Gary Paulsen: survival & adventure fiction Jerry Spinelli: teen/ pre teen problem Laurie Halse Anerson: YA problem Chris Crutcher: YA

14 R.F. for Older Children Carolyn Coman (Many Stones) Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak) Alex Finn (Breathing Underwater)

15 Favorites

16 Notables Taboos of literature are tested Most popular genre Changed drastically over time Bibliotherapy

17 Bibliography Bucher, K. & Hinton, K. (2010). Young adult literature: Exploration, evaluation, and appreciation. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. Jacobs, J.S. & Tunnell, M.O. (2008). Childrens literature, briefly. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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