Adolescents in the Search for Meaning: Tapping the Powerful Resource of Story

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Scarecrow Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 309 pages
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As is painfully evident from the reports of school shootings, gang violence, dysfunctional family life, and from statistics on adolescent suicide, many teens live troubled lives. Even those who live a "normal" life still face the challenges adults face, but teens are also engaged in establishing independence and finding their identity. However, few adolescents have the same resources as adults for surviving life challenges. Building from the idea that story is a powerful source of meaning, particularly those stories that resonate with our own lives, this book suggests that the stories of other young adults offer a resource yet to be fully tapped. Adolescents in the Search for Meaning begins from the perspective of young adults by sharing the results of a survey of over 1400 teens and also includes the insights of authors of Young Adult Literature. The book presents over 120 novels that teens have identified as meaningful as well as books recommended by YA authors and experts in the field of YA literature. For any teacher, librarian, parent or counselor wanting to reach young adults, this book is ideal.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Young Adults Sharing Their Perspectives
3
Young Adults Sharing Reading Choices
37
Young Adult Authors Describe Their Commitment to Adolescents
71
Recommendations
107
Books about RealLife Experiences
111
Books about Facing Death and Loss
163
Books about Identity Discrimination and Struggles with Decisions
187
Books about Courage and Survival
217
Books on Allegory Fantasy Myth and Parable
241
CrossIndex of Books Alphabetized by Author
275
Bibliography
283
Author and Title Index
289
Subject Index
304
About the Author
309
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About the author (2006)

Mary L. Warner has been teaching English to adolescents for almost thirty-one years. She currently teaches Young Adult and Children's Literature at San Jose State University, where she also works with the English Credential Programs and serves as Associate Director of the San Jose Area Writing Project. She has published numerous articles on Literature as a Source of Meaning for teens and adults and is the editor (and author of two chapters) of Winning Ways of Teaching Writing: A Practical Guide for Teaching Writing Grades 7-12.

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