Research Midterm Paper: 15%
Due April 14th.
Provide an annotated bibliography for a given ISSUE in Young Adult literature. You might consider some of the more
obvious ones such as eating disorders, abuse, drugs, peer pressure, effects of WWII, multicultural problems, Historical
period or particular historical event, parental control, gangs, etc. You might also enjoy finding more out about
another topic that would be part of the Young Adult's experience. As part of the annotated bibliography, you shall
1) a miniumum of 10 YA fiction books that deal
with the topic. Here you should plan on skimming them or at least opening them to see if they indeed do cover the
2) a minumum of 2 non-fiction books meant to be
read by young adults.
3) a minumum of 3 Professional articles.
4) You must use the physical library as well as
the virtual library (internet). Provide a one-page photocopy of articles.
5) Include a one-page lesson plan of how to teach
Many of you have asked if you are to write a paper
with this assignment. You may---only if you wish---explain some of your findings. It is not necessary as you annotations
should be sufficient. This assignment is meant to enlarge the scope of your understanding of the many issues in
Here are some books that might prove useful.
- Almond, David. Skellig.--a
man-owl-angel is found in an abandoned garage.
- Armstrong, Jennifer. The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan.--Irish girl's story during the Civil War, with references to Whitman
- Avi. Nothing But the Truth.--a
teen, dissatisfied with a grade attempts to "blame" the teacher
- Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.--In 1832 young girl finds herself the sole female on a
- Blackwood, Gary. The Shakespeare Stealer--a
romp through Renaissance England
- Block, Francesca Lia . Weetzie Bat.--part fantasy, part punk, deals with homosexuality and dreams
- Bloor, Edward. Tangerine.--misconceptions about high school troublemakers and brothers
who don't get along.
- ---. Crusader.--uncovers
the dark corners in a sunny strip mall in Florida
- Bond, Nancy. A String in the Harp.(a Newbery Honor book)--fantasy and realism combine in a
trip to Wales
- Bradbury, R. Fahrenheit 451.--now
classic story of a society that fears books
- ---. Dandelion Wine.--powerful
and imaginative story of a boy growing up one summer
- Brooks, Bruce. Midnight Hour Encores--a
musical prodigy whose lives with her father, but searches for her mother
- Bunting, Eve. Jumping the Nail--you
will never underestimate peer pressure again.
- Burgess, Melvin. Smack. addiction
of a 14-year-old heroin addict--won lots of recent attention
- Cameron, Ann. The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods..--Set in 1950s, 12 year-old struggles after her friend
- Cannon, A. E. The Shadow Brothers.--relationship
between 16 year old and his foster Navejo brother
- Childress, A. A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich--theater in the round narrative depicts plight of young heroin addict
- Coman, Carolyn. What Jamie Saw.
(a powerful book)--abuse through the eyes of 12 year old.
- Cormier, R, Fade--science
fiction about the implications of the art "disappearing" or fading.
- ---. We All Fall Down.--powerful
and gritty effects of random violence on and by teens
- ---. The Chocolate War.--evil
and gang influence at a Catholic boy's school.
- ---. I am the Cheese.--a
psychological, moving story about the witness protection program
- Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons.--different
narratives coincide about a teen traveling to bring her mom back home.
- ---. Chasing Redbird.--a
teen uncovers an old trail, while uncovering her hidden self.
- ---. Bloomability.--a
young gal moves abroad and has trouble adjusting
- Crutcher, Chris. Chinese Handcuffs.--a
twisted, fascinating story about the connection between a girl and a boy
- ---. Ironman: a Novel.
--in a series of unsent letters, athlete pours out his feelings.
- ---. Staying Fat for Sarah Brynes.--a
dilemma regarding diet and "fitting in"
- Curtis, Christopher. Bud, not Buddy.--the
2000 Newbery winner
- Cushman, Karen. The Midwife's Apprentice.(a
Newbery Medal)--set in Medievel times, vibrant story of girl's life
- Dickinson, Peter. A Bone from the Dry Sea.--parallel
stories involving anthropological theories of human development
- Dorris, Michael. The Window.--Native
American girl finds a home with African American father (ages 9-12)
- Fleischman, P. Whirligig.--young
man's punishment is his salvation
- ---. Mind's Eye.--dialogue
about elderly woman and disabled teen girl
- Frank, Anne. Diary of Anne Frank--classic
story, now enlarged and embellished, of young girl during Holocaust.
- Freeman, Suzanne. The Cuckoo's Child.--a
young girl ties to understand her mother's leaving
- Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily's Crossing. (9-11) In summer of 1944, teen spends her summer without her father.
- Greene, Bette. The Summer of My German Soldier.--young girl finds WWII comes to her home town
- Haddix, Margaret. Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey.--abuse--the use of journal writing in English class.
- Hamil, Pete. Snow in August. beautiful, captivating story about friendship in 1940s
- Hamilton, V. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush--African
American teen takes care of ill brother in magical realism tale.
- ---. Cousins.--jealousy
between African-American cousins leads to many difficulties
- ---. The Planet of Junior Brown--talented, but troubled New York youth finds friendship
- Hautman, Pete. Mr.
Was.--strange, time-travel mystery
- Hentoff, Nat. The
Day They Came to Arrest the Book--about Huck
Finn in the classroom.
- Holt, Kimberly. My Louisiana Sky.--Bright
girl with mentally-challenged parents presents new problems.
- ---. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.--young man finds his own problems diminished when Zachary arrives.
- Jimenez, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the life of a migrant child.--Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction award.
- Kim, H. The Long Season of Rain --grade
10+ about South Korea.
- Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees.--Native
American girl leaves home, travels west, and gains experience.
- Levenkron, Steven. The Luckiest Girl in the World--some anorexia
difficulties & a cutter
- ---. The Best Little Girl in the World--anorexia problems--portrayed well.
- Lobel, Anita. No Pretty Pictures: a child of war. a true story of young girl's growing up during WWII.
- Lowry, L. The Giver--science
fiction about a distopia
- Martinez, Parrot in the Oven--modern
story of a Mexican-American finding a special place
- McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes.--young
boy grows up in devasting poverty in Ireland
- ---. 'Tis.--continued
saga of Frank's teenage years in the States
- McGaffrey, Anne. Dragondrums--winner
of YALSA lifetime achievement award
- McGraw, Eloise. The Moorchild.
(Newbery Honor)--9-12, girl is half fairy, half human
- Mowry, Jess. Ghost Train--fantasy-mystery
about 13 year old Haitian boy who moves in with his father in Oakland
- ---. Way
Past Cooll.--Black teens in Oakland
- Naylor, Phyllis. sang spell.--tale
of mystery, magic, and madness
- Newman, Leslea. Fat Chance--a
- Nolan, Han. Dancing
on the Edge (a National Book award)about a
dancer on the edge of sanity,
- Paton-Walsh, J. A Parcel of Patterns.--a
superb story about the effect of the plague.
- Paulson, Gary. The Transall Saga.--camping
trip experience transports him seemingly to another planet
- Peck, Richard. A
Long Way to Chicago. series of stories about
visiting grandman living in a small town--9-12
- Pinkwater, Daniel. The
Education of Robert Nifkin.--funny, heartwarming
satire about Polish misfit
- Potok, Chaim. The Chosen.--an
orthodox Jewish young adult's intellectual search
- Rapp, Adam. The Buffalo Tree.
hypnotic tale of boy in detention center and survival techniques
- Pullman, Philip. Clockwork.
An unusual and terrifying, magical story about a ticking clock.
- Rylant, Cynthia. I Had Seen Castles.--a soldier remembers his war experience--impressive
- Santiago, Danny. Famous All Over Town.--Mexican
American saga in LA
- Sparks, M. It Happened to Nancy--a
really powerful, true story of a girl contrating aides.
- Spinelli, Jerry. Wringer..--deeply moving story
about peer pressure on a young boy--9-12
- Sutcliff, Rosemary. TThe Eagle of the Ninth--a story of a Roman centurian's struggles beyond Hadrian's
- Viramontes, Helena Maria.Under
the Feet of Jesus.--imaginative, allusive story of Estrella's family migrant workers
- Voight, Cynthia. When She Hollers-a
powerful story of abuse
- Williams-Garcia, Rita. Like Sisters on the Homefront--young girl is shipped south to find her Southern roots
- Williamson, Eric. East Bay Grease.
- White, Rob. Deathwatch.--a
chilling story of broken trust and survival
- Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Probably Still Nick Swansen--about a learning disabled young man
- ---. Make
Lemonade.--you'll never forget this story
of two teens: an unwed mother and a young helper
- Woodson, Jacqueline. From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun--a 13-yr old finds his mother is love with a white woman.
- Wynne-Jones, Tim. The
Maestro.--a boy encounters a strange hermit
with musical talents
- Yep, L. Child of the Owl
.--a young girl discovers her Chinese roots (9-12)
- Yolen, J. The Devil's Arithmetic--a time travel story of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
- --- and Bruce Coville. Armageddon Summer.--a story of the power of apprehension and "cults
These books will be helpful when students do
their semester project, or for consulting during the course.
Theoretical books (more to be added)
- Canfield, Jack etc. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.
- Copeland, Jeffrey S. Young Adult Literature: A Contemporary Reader.
- Honig, Bill, ed. Recommended Literature: Grades Nine Through Twelve.
- Kaywell, Joan. Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Classics. Volumes 1,2, and 3.
- Lukens, Rebecca J. and Ruth K. J. Cline. Critical Handbook of Literature for Young Adults.
- Nilsen, Alleen Pace and Kenneth L. Donnelson.
Literature for Today's Young Adults.
- Monseau, Virginia and Gary M. Salvner, eds. Reading Their World: The Young Adult Novel in the Classroom
- Pipher, Mary. Reviving Ophelia.
- Pollack, William. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood.
- Reed, Arthea J. S. Reaching Adolescents: The Young Adult Book and the School.
Books of Poetry (more to be added)
- Glenn, Mel. Class Dismissed: High School Poems
- Janeczko, Paul. Brickyard Summer.
- ---. The Music of What Happens: Poems That Tell Stories
- Koch, Kenneth, and Kate Farrell. Sleeping on the Wing
- Merriam, Eve. If Only I Could Tell You: Poems for Young Lovers and Dreamers.
- ---. Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle.