Young adult literature internet resources by theme/topic

Young adult novels may focus on the coming-of-age experiences of teen protagonists, but that doesn"t keep readers outside this target audience from enjoying them. Dealing with teen issues such as conflicts with authority, as well as darker ideas lượt thích economic struggle & loss, the genre"s exploration of universal themes can teach both young và older readers valuable lessons about dealing with challenges & forming a strong self-concept.

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Dealing with Family Conflicts

Family feuds, sibling rivalries và parents who just don"t underst& are all comtháng sources of tension in young adult books. Often, the main character"s family is going through a crisis or conflict that threatens khổng lồ have sầu severe ramifications for their future, causing increased bức xúc on the main character. In Judith Clarke"s "One Whole và Perfect Day," for example, 16-year-old Lily is afraid of what her brother"s engagement to lớn a Chinese girl could mean lớn her racist grandfather. More recently, E. Lockhart"s "We Were Liars" explores Cadence Sinclair"s struggle khổng lồ fit inkhổng lồ the perfect facade of her rich family after a severe brain injury.

Fighting for Individualism

Dystopian literature, which pits the protagonist against a totalitarian society that opposes his goals, may seem like a relatively new trend, but young adult authors were exploring this conflict long before "The Hunger Games" hit the shelves. In the early 1960s, Madeleine L"Engle"s "A Wrinkle in Time" was seen as a warning of Communism"s destruction of individualism, while Lois Lowry"s "The Giver" focuses on a young man who glimpses the immorality of the perfect world he"s grown up in. Often, these books deal with the teen angst, rebellion và defensiveness brought on by economic hardship & lachồng of personal freedoms.

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Struggling with Mortality

Multiple young adult novels, from classics lượt thích "Where the Red Fern Grows" to lớn modern favorites like "Tears of a Tiger," feature young protagonist dealing with the death of a cthua trận frikết thúc or family member. Often, these novels give teens a realistic, emotional portrayal of grief, showing how the young characters draw on memories, family and friends khổng lồ help them overcome their loss. In Markus Zusak"s Nazi Germany novel "The Book Thief," for example, Death himself narrates the story of Liesel Memminger"s loss of her family và struggle to use reading and language as a way to lớn survive her difficult circumstances.

Reaching New Self Knowledge

While the challenges of survival, angst and loss may at first leave young adult protagonists confused, they often emerge with a clear realization of who they are & what they are capable of. Having been tested by crisis, they"re able khổng lồ confidently move forward with this new sense of identity. At the beginning of John Green"s "The Fault in Our Stars," for example, 17-year-old Hazel is dying of cancer, depressed và plagued by the uncertainty of her parents" future once she is gone. Her friendship with fellow cancer patient Augustus Waters, however, reveals her inner beauty and strength and gives her hope in spite of what lies ahead.

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Kori Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing & a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing và has been crafting online and print educational materials since 2006. She taught creative writing and composition at West Virginia University và the University of Akron & her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals.


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