Campbell's Scoop: Reflections on Young Adult Literature

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Scarecrow Press, Feb 19, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 262 pages
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At the request of her many fans, Patty Campbell, editor of the Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature series, has selected some of her best essays, articles, columns, and speeches in Campbell's Scoop. These pieces define the boundaries between children's and adult literature and review the trends, censorship, problems, and glories of the genre. Other essays reflect on some concerns and interests of young adult literature as it has matured: the verse novel, ambivalent endings, violence, the sometimes dubious value of awards and honor lists, the graphic novel, and the difficulties of the genre's recent overwhelming success. A section titled "Inside ALA" looks at the author's many years of service to that organization with, among other pieces, a firsthand look at the Best Books committee at work and a report of her attempt to unite booksellers and librarians in common cause.

Many of these selections show the idiosyncratic wit and passion that have made Campbell's column a favorite with Horn Book readers: an exploration of the meaning of the glut of YA novels with death as a theme or character; an indignant denunciation of the fictional abuse of animals; a snarky analysis of "chick lit;" and a technical review from the belly-dancing critic of a YA novel featuring that ancient art. On a more serious note, Campbell pleads for what she calls "Godsearch" in books for teens and pays tribute to her late friend Robert Cormier. Without question, the essays in Campbell's Scoop provide readers with the unique insights of an advocate who is passionate about young adult literature and its future.
 

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If you know who Patty Campbell is with the big sign imprinted in her forehead: YA Literature, then you will appreciate her own selection of the best of her writings and essays both to read and to ... Read full review

Contents

A Librarians Memoir
3
A Not So Short History of YA Lit
11
An Editors Memoir
20
TRENDS AND TENDENCIES
31
Drowning in Success
33
YA Lit and the Deathly Fellows
38
So What Really Happened?
43
Vetting the Verse Novel
48
The Pottymouth Paradox
125
Whos Afraid of the Big Bad ?
130
Perplexing Censorship in Germany
136
Visiting Dubrovnik Public
142
INSIDE ALA
147
The NotSoSmart Alex
149
Looking at Best Booking
153
Prizes and Paradoxes
160

The Death of Animals
54
The Lit of Chick Lit
60
DEFINING YA
65
Middle Muddle
67
Our Side of the Fence
73
SmashCrashSlash
78
A Loving Farewell to Robert Cormier
85
Researching YA in the Elysian Fields
89
FIRST LOOKS AT MASTERWORKS
95
The Gift of The Giver
97
Monster as Radical Change
101
The Last Cormier
106
THE DAWN OF GRAPHIC NOVELS
111
A Survivors Tale
113
Whaam in Paris
119
CENSORSHIP NEAR AND FAR
123
Common Concerns
166
SPIRITUAL MATTERS
171
Godsearch
173
Wrestling with God
179
THE CRITICS LIFE
185
Shooting at the Library
187
Visiting Francesca
199
The Belly Dancing Critic
207
Reality and Fiction at the Reichenbach Falls
212
Ending the Perplex
217
Twaynes Young Adult Author Series
223
Subject Index
225
Author and Title Index
233
About the Author
245
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Patty Campbell is editor of the Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature series. She is the author of several books, including Robert Cormier: Daring to Disturb the Universe (2006) and War Is: A Hard Look at Warfare by Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers (2008).

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