Angie Morrow is fairly quiet and keeps to herself. In Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly the reader gets a glimpse into the summer before she leaves to college. It is a period of many firsts for her. She falls in love, and finds an identity. In the end she asserts her independence as she goes off to college.
I read this when I was fifteen and had no idea that it was written in 1942. It is a story that is relatable even today. It is also fascinating to me that Daly wrote this novel as she was in college. I love this story every time I read it, and it is fun to discuss with others who have read it as well. There is always a differing of opinions on the ending.
This website will review several YA novels every month. There are interviews with YA authors, and they list new authors as well.
I loved The Hunger Games trilogy, but I must admit to being a bit curious as to how they will pull off in the movie. I know that the movie will probably not be as good as the book, movies rarely are. They have already made a few questionable casting choices one of which being Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. I just am not sure about that decision. I am excited to see Woody Harrelson as Haymitch, it should be fairly entertaining. But alas the whole thing comes down to how well Jennifer Lawrence pulls off the Katniss Everdeen. I’m really excited for the movie and cannot wait to see a great book come alive on the big screen.
Click here for the cast and movie info.
This website gives teachers some ideas on how to tackle the teaching of literature. There is a list on how to treat widely-taught texts, and lists of Young Adult Literature that fit the category and have a use in the classroom.
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.
This site included the lists of Young Adult Novels that win awards each year. It also has lists of what teen readers pick as their favorites.
Dr. Jeff Wilhelm His website includes the books he’s written and workshops he is putting on. His books have practical uses for teaching reading in schools.