John H. Bushman

Young Adult Literature in the Classroom-Or Is It?

Bushman really defends the Young Adult novel in his article.  Bushman writes that readers in schools are easier able to identify with the characters in the YA novels.  In only choosing classics for the students to read they are turning children away from reading.  But when teachers introduce them to YA novels and authors they will find books they will read and pursue outside of class and school.  This hopefully will turn them into lifelong readers.  The YA novel has lessons and messages the students can easily relate to their own lives, and gives them the skills they need to approach future reading.  Bushman gave a questionnaire to different students and formed some really interesting and convincing arguments for the value of Young Adult literature.

Abby Greulich

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