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1 Beyond YA Literature Selecting Adult Books with Teen Protagonists

2 Why YA Lit Isn’t Enough Largest audience for YA literature is in grades 5 through 9 “Students will enjoy and appreciate literature” is an information literacy standard A learning and teaching principle in Information Power High school students are reading less than ever before

3 Havighurst’s Developmental Tasks for Adolescents 1. New and more mature relations with age- mates 2. Masculine or feminine social role 3. Accepting one’s physique 4. Emotional independence of parents 5. Assurance of economic independence 6. Selecting/preparing for occupation 7. Preparing for marriage/family life 8. Developing skills for civic competence 9. Socially responsible behavior 10. Set of values and ethical system

4 Young Adults Like to Read *SmartGirl/Teen Read Week**NEA

5 Stages of Literary Appreciation Early Adolescent Escape from social pressures Middle Adolescent Coming-of-age stories Late Adolescent Personal values and social significance

6 Reading Preferences 1980s1990s Young people 2. Mystery 3. Humor 4. Adventure 5. Love 6. Sex 7. Movies 8. Famous People 9. Romance 10. Horror 1. Romance 2. Adventure 3. Suspense 4. Non-fiction 5. Classics 6. Science fiction 7. Detective 8. Fantasy 9. Sports 1. Adventure 2. Mystery 3. Fantasy 4. Horror 5. True Stories 6. Romance 7. Sports 8. Science fiction 9. Biographies 10. Hobby

7 Adult Books for Older Teens Adolescent main characters Sophisticated personal/social issues Completion of developmental tasks Successful transition to adulthood Strong plot in genre teens like

8 How Do We Find Them? Reviewing sources for librarians School Library Journal Library Journal Booklist Popular reviewing sources Publishers Weekly New York Times Book Review Catalogs, bookstores, Amazon Reading widely

9 Sex Explicitness and Sophistication Language Degree and Context Violence Degree and Context Illegal/Unacceptable Activity Drugs, Prostitution Other Troublesome Topics Mental Illness, Family Problems, Religion Appropriateness – A Matter of Degree

10 Appropriateness – Making It Work For Us Know our patrons Know the community Selection and challenge policies Supportive administrators Selection advisory committee Feedback from readers Selection rubric READ

11 Model Selection Rubric Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

12 The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd

13 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

14 Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

15 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

16 The Hunt Club by Bret Lott

17 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating The Hunt Club by Bret Lott

18 The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice

19 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating The Snow Garden by Christopher Rice

20 Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

21 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

22 Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell

23 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating Back Roads by Tawni O’Dell

24 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

25 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

26 The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

27 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

28 Some Things That Stay Sarah Willis

29 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

30 Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson

31 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

32 A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius Dave Eggers

33 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

34 Nowhere Else on Earth Josephine Humphreys

35 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

36 Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel Lynda Barry

37 Cruddy Lynda Barry Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

38 Into The Wild Jon Krakauer

39 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

40 Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel

41 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

42 The White Deborah Larsen

43 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

44 Twelve Nick McDonell

45 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

46 The Liar’s Club Mary Karr

47 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

48 Lucky Alice Sebold

49 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

50 The Dive from Clausen’s Pier Ann Packer

51 Selection Criteria                       Literary Quality Appropriateness Readability Reviews Strong Plot Dev. Tasks/ Issues/ Trans. To Adulthood Popular Genre Overall Rating

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53 Sources Havighurst, R Developmental Tasks and Education. New York: Random House. National Education Association. Reading Survey SmartGirl. Teen Read Week Latest Survey Results.

54 Contact Info Belton-Honea Path High School BHP Highway Honea Path, SC 29654


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