Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, Fourth Edition

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$59.99
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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-4747-0
Published: 
2022
Publisher: 
ALA Neal-Schuman
Pages: 
288
Width: 
7"
Height: 
10"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, C, E, I

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  • Table of Contents
  • About the Author
  • Reviews

Editorial Advisory Board: Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Marianne Martens, Associate Professor, School of Information, Kent State University; Amy Pattee, Associate Professor and Co-coordinator of Dual-Degree MS LIS/MA Children’s Literature, School of Library and Information Science, Children’s Literature, Simmons University
 

“Comprehensive and substantial … a highly recommended resource," raved VOYA about the third edition. Now, to keep pace with changes in the field of publishing and realign itself to the newest generation of young adults, Cart returns with a sweeping update of his classic text.  Relied upon by educators, LIS instructors and students, and practitioners for its insight and thoroughness, his book

  • surveys the landscape of YA lit both past and present, sketching out its origins and showing how it has evolved to deal with subjects every bit as complex as its audience;
  • closely examines teen demographics, literacy, audiobooks, the future of print, the role of literary criticism, and other key topics;
  • provides updated coverage of perennially popular genre fiction, including horror, sci fi, and dystopian fiction;
  • delves deeply into multicultural and LGBTQIA+ literature, substantially updated in this edition;
  • features expansive interviews with best-selling authors like Eric Shanower, Jackie Woodson, and Bill Konigsberg as well as several publishers and leaders in the field;
  • discusses the impact of the Printz Award, ALAN’s Walden Award, the National Book Award, The Los Angeles Times Book Award, and other honors; and
  • features abundant bibliographic material to aid in readers' advisory and collection development.

In its newest edition, this “shrewd and thorough survey” (ARBA) is a must-have for everyone who wants to understand where YA lit has been and where it's heading.

Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use. An e-book edition of the text will be available shortly after the print edition is published.

Introduction

Part I: That Was Then
1    From Sue Barton to the Sixties
2    The Sixties and Seventies
3    The Eighties
4    The Early Nineties
5    The Rest of the Nineties

Part II: This Is Now
6    A New Literature for a New Millennium?
7    A Critical Apparatus
8    Genre on the Agenda
9    Romancing the Retail
10    So, How Old Is Young Adult?
11    Meanwhile, Back in the Real World
12    Reality Revisited
13    Sex and Other Shibboleths
14    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender+ Literature
15    Still the Controversies Continue
16    The Viz Biz
17    The New Nonfiction
18    Of Books and Bytes

References
Appendix: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation—A Close Reading
About the Author
Index

Michael Cart

Michael Cart is the former director of the Beverly Hills (CA) Public Library and the author or editor of twenty-seven books. He is a columnist and reviewer for the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Parents magazine. Mr. Cart is a past president of both the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the National Council of Teachers of English’s Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN). He is the recipient of the 2000 Grolier Foundation Award; in 2008 he became the first recipient of the YALSA/Greenwood Publishing Group Service to Young Adults Achievement Award; and is a recipient of the 2018 ALAN Award. Before his relocation to the Midwest, he taught young adult literature at UCLA.

Praise for the third edition

”With the recent trends in the field, it is no wonder that YA expert Cart has updated his already classic reference on YA literature with this third edition … His insights continue to inform and delight the reader."
— Booklist

”The third edition of this enjoyably readable work—a high-level, research-based view of the field, rather than criticism of individual works or themes—features a good deal of new and revised content that should be of value to bibliographers as well as patrons ... readers should find this a shrewd and thorough survey of the YA literature landscape."
— ARBA

”Comprehensive and substantial, and the sheet amount of titles and authors used to illustrate the extent and diversity of YA literature is invaluable … this book is a highly recommended resource."
— VOYA

”This definitive text on young adult literature is for teachers, students, and people who just love to read about literary genres. The book has a reference go-to quality as well as a pick-me-up-and-just-read-it quality … Reading this book is not only a walk down memory lane but a pathfinder for what to expect in today’s fast-paced, internet-driven, and ever-changing world of adolescents, however they are defined and whatever their ages."
— Catholic Library World

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