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MY TOP 10 YA RECOMMENDATIONS!
Hinton "Social-problem" novels or problem novels are a sub-genre of literature focusing and commenting on overarching social problems. Hinton's The Outsiders is often credited as the first problem novel. Sheila Egoff described three reasons why problem novels resonate with adolescents: A classic example of a problem novel and one that defined the sub-genre is Go Ask Alice by Anonymous pseudonym for Beatrice Sparks published in Go Ask Alice is written in first-person as the diary of a young girl who experiences a lot of problems while growing up. In order to cope with her problems, the protagonist begins experimenting with drugs. This line is often policed by adults who feel strongly about the border. Some novels originally marketed to adults are of interest and value to adolescents, and vice versa, as in the case of books such as the Harry Potter series of novels. Some examples of young adult novels and novel series include the Harry Potter series by J. Middle grade novels are typically for the ages of 8— They tend to have an ATOS level of 5. Young adult novels are for the ages of 12— Middle grade novels usually feature protagonists under the age of 13, whereas young adult novels usually feature protagonists within the age range of 12— There is a common misconception that YA lit is solely for "struggling" or "reluctant" readers and should only be used in remedial classes. Studies have shown however that YA can be beneficial in classroom settings. For example, a study shows that using Laurie Halse Anderson's novel Speak aided in discussions on consent and complicity. Those who read about tough situations, like date rape , are more emotionally prepared to handle the situation if it arises. In Building a Culture of Readers: YA Literature and the Canon by Kara Lycke, Lycke suggests pairing young adult literature and canon works to prepare young adults to understand the classic literature they will encounter. The s sparked a change in the conversation surrounding black narratives. Those in black communities began demanding the publishing of books that actually depicted their lives. It Better be Worth the Trip , which was the first young adult novel to feature a gay teen. The population became much more diverse: In the late s, only 3, young adult books were published annually. By , that number increased to 30, This statistic has remained fairly stagnant since the s. It was spurred by an all-male discussion at the BookCon festival. One of the largest arguments for diversity is that it encourages self-reflection among readers. This self-reflection creates a sense of comfort. People like to see themselves and identify with the stories they read. For example, there are very few stories featuring Native people who identify as " two-spirited ". The author argues that if there are not stories representing the experiences of two-spirited people, they cannot understand that their own experiences are valid. When a reader identifies with a minority or disadvantaged population, seeing characters that resembles their experiences can be empowering. Portraying and reading about characters that are different from the reader helps to reduce stereotypes. This is especially true in fantasy and science-fiction novels because readers are already immersed in a "different world". There needs to be someone propelling these stories along within the community. In recent years, more authors of color are publishing novels, but the numbers do not indicate significant changes in the amount of own voices novels. At the BookExpo America convention, Le Guin criticized the industry by saying, "Please consider that 'what sells' or 'doesn't sell' can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If black kids, Hispanics , Indians both Eastern and Western don't buy fantasy — which they mostly don't — could it be because they never see themselves on the cover?
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