An updated historical survey of YA literature
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism,” by Michael Cart. In this much expanded revision of his 1996 book, veteran author Cart shows how the best of contemporary YA lit has evolved to tackle such daunting subjects as homosexuality, mental illness, AIDS and drug abuse without resorting to sensationalism. He also covers its explosive growth in the past decade and advocates that librarians and teachers look beyond romance and horror when advising young adults. This survey helps YA librarians who want to freshen up their readers’ advisory skills, teachers who use novels in the classroom and adult services librarians who increasingly find themselves addressing the queries of teen patrons as it covers the:
- Reading habits of today’s teens;
- Influence of new technologies and formats;
- New YA lit awards.