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YA Crossover Reads
for Adults
Katie LaMantia
Teen Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library
What is young adult literature?
• Category, not a genre
• Literature for and about teenagers
• Amorphous
• Dynamic
- The V...
How do YA books differ from
Adult books?
• Protagonist age
• Situations they deal with
are reflective of teen life
and lif...
What makes a great young
adult novel?
• Engaging Plot and Compelling Storyline
• Originality
• Authenticity
• Strong chara...
Who’s reading YA and why now?
• 2012 Publishers Weekly Study
• 55% of people who purchased young adult
books were over the...
The Big 3: The Ultimate YA
Crossover Books
• Harry Potter
• Hunger Games
• Twilight
Genre Blending
Hybrid novels that borrow 1 or more elements
from other genres
Name a genre blended YA book
Action: Adventure, Espionage,
Thrillers
Graphic Novels
Manga
Realistic Fiction: Historical,
Humor, Reflective,
Relationships
Reflective
Relationships
Speculative Fiction: Dystopia,
Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal,
Science Fiction
Can’t Fail Classic Crossovers
Dystopia
Fantasy and Paranormal
Horror
Science Fiction
Prolific Adult Authors Who
Write YA Fiction
Book Clubs for Adults Who <3
YA
• Bi-Monthly
• Books available 1
month prior to meeting
• Alternate genres
• Make it timel...
Book Club picks…
Great go-to Book Discussion
Questions
• Was the novel authentic and the characters believable?
• How did you experience th...
Resources to find great YA
books
Awards
• Printz
• Edwards
• Best Fiction for Young Adults
• Teens Top 10
• Abraham Lincol...
Resources to find great YA
books continued…
• TeenReads
• 20SomethingReads
• Teen Librarian Toolbox
• Forever Young Adult
...
Contact info
Katie LaMantia
Schaumburg Township District Library
klamantia@stdl.org
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
YA Crossover Reads for Adults
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  1. 1. YA Crossover Reads for Adults Katie LaMantia Teen Librarian Schaumburg Township District Library
  2. 2. What is young adult literature? • Category, not a genre • Literature for and about teenagers • Amorphous • Dynamic - The Value of Young Adult Literature, Michael Cart YALSA 2008
  3. 3. How do YA books differ from Adult books? • Protagonist age • Situations they deal with are reflective of teen life and lifestyle • Audience is intended to be teen readers
  4. 4. What makes a great young adult novel? • Engaging Plot and Compelling Storyline • Originality • Authenticity • Strong characters **Whatmakes a great YA book?The same qualities that makes a great Adult Fictionbook**
  5. 5. Who’s reading YA and why now? • 2012 Publishers Weekly Study • 55% of people who purchased young adult books were over the age of 18 • 78% purchased for their own reading #whyadultsreadya “I love the intensity of 1st time experiences, experimentation & growth we’re told to stop doing as adults”- Sarah Ockler
  6. 6. The Big 3: The Ultimate YA Crossover Books • Harry Potter • Hunger Games • Twilight
  7. 7. Genre Blending Hybrid novels that borrow 1 or more elements from other genres Name a genre blended YA book
  8. 8. Action: Adventure, Espionage, Thrillers
  9. 9. Graphic Novels
  10. 10. Manga
  11. 11. Realistic Fiction: Historical, Humor, Reflective, Relationships
  12. 12. Reflective
  13. 13. Relationships
  14. 14. Speculative Fiction: Dystopia, Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal, Science Fiction
  15. 15. Can’t Fail Classic Crossovers
  16. 16. Dystopia
  17. 17. Fantasy and Paranormal
  18. 18. Horror
  19. 19. Science Fiction
  20. 20. Prolific Adult Authors Who Write YA Fiction
  21. 21. Book Clubs for Adults Who <3 YA • Bi-Monthly • Books available 1 month prior to meeting • Alternate genres • Make it timely! • Tie in other events and coordinate with library programs • Book to movie
  22. 22. Book Club picks…
  23. 23. Great go-to Book Discussion Questions • Was the novel authentic and the characters believable? • How did you experience the book? Were you engaged immediately? • Did the narrative style work for you? • What passages strike you as insightful or profound? Has the novel changed or moved you? • Did you like the book? Why or why not?
  24. 24. Resources to find great YA books Awards • Printz • Edwards • Best Fiction for Young Adults • Teens Top 10 • Abraham Lincoln Award • National Book Award
  25. 25. Resources to find great YA books continued… • TeenReads • 20SomethingReads • Teen Librarian Toolbox • Forever Young Adult • YA Books Central • Goodreads
  26. 26. Contact info Katie LaMantia Schaumburg Township District Library klamantia@stdl.org

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