Adolescent Literature

I’m teaching a class in YA literature next semester. I’m trying to decide which books to include on the syllabus. I want a couple “classics,” but I want the bulk of the reading list ot be contemporary. In particular, I want to look at how YA books today treat issues of gender, race, class, and power.

So here’s what’s on my short list for consideration. I haven’t read all of them yet, so I’m on a quest to find out what others think about these books:

1. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

2. Monster by Walter Dean Myers

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  by Sherman Alexie

4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

5. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

6. Sold by Patricia McCormick

7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

8. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins




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