In a school world where text complexity seems to be all the rage, I am in a bunch of discussions about the place of YA literature in high schools moving forward. My answer is I don’t always know, but I think YA has much potential to promote deep work to make meaning of text. During […]
The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell Middle School, High School Scholastic 250 pp. 4/14 978-0-545-47725-3 $18.99 e-book ed. 978-0-545-63393-2 $18.99 Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin Middle School, High School Holiday 120 pp. 3/14 978-0-8234-2920-2 $18.95 With the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer this […]
The Last Forever by Deb Caletti Middle School, High School Simon Pulse 321 pp. 4/14 978-1-4424-5000-4 $17.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4424-5001-1 $10.99 In her latest YA novel, Caletti returns to her fictional Northwest setting of Parrish Island, most recently visited in The Six Rules of Maybe (rev. 5/10). Six months after her mother’s death from cancer, […]
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer, a touchstone in the civil rights movement. The following nonfiction books highlight important turning points in African American history. And for more on Freedom Summer, read Kathleen T. Horning’s Five Questions interview with Don Mitchell (author of the new The Freedom Summer Murders, Scholastic, 14–17 years) […]
I just can’t blog about this topic anymore. It’s worn me out. But I also can’t muster the reflexive outrage Our Crowd exhibits whenever someone wonders if there’s something weird about civilian adults with a steady reading diet of books for teenagers. There is. But it’s not because these YA books are less complex (a […]
…sittin’ in a tree. So far we’ve found three Owens in novels this year. The Geography of You and Me (romantic Owen), The Unbound: An Archived Novel (evil supernatural renegade Owen), and The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim (fearless hero, or something like that, Owen). Owen-Chloe-Flora love triangle?