May 14, 2014 – YA Materials

Hello all!

We a small meeting about young adult materials and why we think these books appeal to teens. We discussed how young adult fiction can provide relatable experiences through the characters such as those in Blume’s Forever and Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. These characters struggle through romantic relationships and the other difficulties that come with adolescence and the harsh realities of life. The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian and The Book Thief give readers a glance into the realities of adolescence in the past and prove that teens throughout time have gone through the same struggles and difficulties that teenagers now face. We also looked at the fantasy series: Artemis Fowl and The Lightning Thief. These stories provide strong adolescent characters to relate to, who undergo unique journeys that take them on an unexpected adventure.

After this discussion, we looked over several Powerpoints that Alli had found online, outlining library service to teens. We discovered that librarians and teens think very differently about library use. Librarians tend to assume that adolescents are looking for internet access, when one survey proved they are more concerned with research materials.

Book List:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Forever by Judy Blume

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Next week: We’re meeting out on the lawn (weather permitting) to play some tent games! Not only is it an educational experience on working with younger children, it’s an amazing stress reliever. Everyone is welcome.



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