Adolescent and Pre-Adolescent Series Lit


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Adolescent and Pre-Adolescent Series Lit

  1. 1. Adolescent and Pre-Adolescent Series Literature By Lauren Donegan and Liz Babish
  2. 2. WHY ARE YOUNG ADULT SERIES BOOKS SO IMPORTANT? <ul><ul><ul><li>Young adult series books generate excitement for reading. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>They motivate young readers and help them build positive experiences with books. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. WHY ARE YOUNG ADULT SERIES BOOKS SO IMPORTANT? <ul><ul><ul><li>While this motivation is critical in developing reading skills in young readers, it is also important for students to read a variety of high-quality literature from a wide variety of authors. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Nancy Drew <ul><li>Written by many ghostwriters under the pseudonym “Carolyn Keene” </li></ul><ul><li>First appearance in 1930 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 80 million copies of the hundreds of books have been sold worldwide and have been translated into over 24 languages </li></ul>
  5. 5. Nancy Drew <ul><li>Nancy Drew is an 18 year old sleuth </li></ul><ul><li>Her father is an attorney </li></ul><ul><li>Does not work or attend school but spends all her time solving mysteries and never accepts money for her time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives young girls an escapist novel with an admirable heroine </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Nancy Drew <ul><li>Especially at her creation, she represented a spunky alternative to the passive women in teen literature </li></ul><ul><li>“ as immaculate and self-possessed as a Miss America on tour. She is as cool as a Mata Hari and as sweet as Betty Crocker.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nancy danced like Ginger Rogers and could administer first aid like the Mayo brothers.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ a paradox—which may be why feminists can laud her as a formative 'girl power' icon and conservatives can love her well-scrubbed middle-class values.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Nancy Drew <ul><li>The Nancy Drew stories have undergone many changes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the 80s, The Nancy Drew Files were introduced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2004, The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories were completely replaced by the hipper Girl Detective series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Video and board games, manga, and dolls have all been inspired by the heroine </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple films have been made of the books, the most recent in 2007 starring Emma Roberts </li></ul>
  8. 8. American Girl® Series Kaya, An American Girl 1764 By Janet Beeler Shaw Felicity, An American Girl 1774 By Valerie Tripp Josefina, An American Girl 1824 By Valerie Tripp Kirsten, An American Girl 1854 By Janet Beeler Shaw Addy, An American Girl 1864 By Connie Rose Porter Samantha, An American Girl 1904 By Susan S. Adler Kit, An American Girl 1934 By Valerie Tripp Molly, An American Girl 1944 By Valerie Tripp
  9. 9. American Girl® Series <ul><ul><ul><li>offer adolescent girls the knowledge of history, which may help them with their personal struggles through adolescence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>related to the theme of “self esteem” the female voice </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ if these girls made it through _____, than i can certainly achieve ______ in my own life”. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. American Girl® … Materialism? It’s not just about reading books anymore ! http://store. americangirl .com/ agshop /static/ josefinadoll .jsf/title/Josefina/saleGroupId/0/uniqueId/32/nodeId/11/webMenuId/5/LeftMenu/TRUE
  11. 11. The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin <ul><li>Original series sold >175 million copies in 15 year run </li></ul><ul><li>Disney movie and TV show </li></ul><ul><li>Evolved over time and spin off series developed </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Baby-sitters Club Mysteries, Baby-sitters Little Sister </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The Baby-sitters Club <ul><ul><ul><li>Most recently Scholastic has published </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Baby-sitters Club Graphix! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. F R O M K R I S T Y ‘ S G R E A T I D E A
  14. 14. A Series of Unfortunate Events <ul><li>Written by “Lemony Snicket,” a pseudonym for Daniel Handler </li></ul><ul><li>The Bad Beginning was published in 1999; The End was released on Friday October 13, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>13 books all with 13 chapters, except for The End which technically has 14 </li></ul><ul><li>Has sold over 55 million copies and is available in 41 different languages </li></ul>
  15. 15. A Series of Unfortunate Events <ul><li>Tells the story of three orphans: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny; each has a special ability -- Inventing, reading, and biting/cooking respectively </li></ul><ul><li>Intrigue is added through a secret organization: VFD </li></ul><ul><li>Lives are riddled with misfortune due mainly to evil, inept or nonchalant guardians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Count Olaf, a terrible actor, is the main antagonist </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. A Series of Unfortunate Events <ul><li>Sometimes criticized for dark material; often defended and compared to the works of Roald Dahl and others </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches moral relativism: “A topsy-turvy moral universe”-Margaret Mackey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Important for children to know that not everything is black and white or good and evil </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unique feature: Teaches children vocabulary with sentences like… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Uncle Monty would often segue -- a word which here means 'let the conversation veer off” (Snicket 76). </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>12 Books in 120 Seconds </li></ul>
  17. 17. Gossip Girl <ul><li>First Published in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Series was developed to feed into the growing reality of TEEN CONSUMPTION (Gucci handbags, Blackberrys, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Characters are wealthy, elite Manhattan teens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking partying, shopping, going to spas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Following in the footsteps of the Sweet Valley High series: games, clothing, accessories, a TV show, and a Gossip Girl movie on the horizon) </li></ul>
  18. 19. Works Cited <ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Baby-sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin.” Scholastic . Scholastic. 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Book Series for Grade-School Independent Readers.” Scholastic . Scholastic. 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr. 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Images. 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Hubler, Angela E. “Girl Power and History in the Dear America Series Books”. Children’s Literature Assoc. Quarterly 25.2 (2000): Pp. 95-105. Project Muse. Ramapo College of New Jersey, Lib. Mahwah, NJ. 13 April 2009. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lemony Snicket: 12 Books in 120 Seconds . 14 Sept. 2006. . 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mackey, Margaret. “Risk, Safety, and Control in Young People’s Reading Experiences.” School Libraries Worldwide . </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maguire, Gregory. Rev. of The Austere Academy , by Lemony Snicket. New York Times 15 Oct. 2000. 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mason, Bobbie Ann. The Girl Sleuth . N.p.: University of Georgia Press, 1995. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minzesheimer, Bob. “Friday the 13th closes the book on Lemony Snicket.” USAToday 10 Oct. 2006. 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Pattee, Amy. “Commodities in Literature, Literature as Commodity: A Close Look at the Gossip Girl Series”. Children’s Literature Assoc. Quarterly 33.1 (2008): Pp. 154-75. Project Muse. Ramapo College of New Jersey, Lib. Mahwah, NJ. 13 April 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Plunkett-Powell, Karen. The Nancy Drew Scrapbook: 60 years of America’s favorite teenage sleuth . N.p.: </li></ul><ul><li>St. Martin’s Press, 1993. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Quiet World :: A Lemony Snicket Resource . 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Series Information: American Girls.” Clearwater Public Libraries . 16 Apr. 2009 <>. </li></ul></ul></ul>