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Trends in Teen Literature


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Presentation created by Becky O'Neil, Teen Librarian, for a class at Otterbein University taught by Dr. Erica Womack, October 22, 2014

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Trends in Teen Literature

  1. 1. Trends in Teen Literature Becky O’Neil Teen Librarian Westerville Public Library Oct. 22, 2014
  2. 2. image source: Publishers’ Weekly The John Green Effect
  3. 3. Remixed Classics image sources: YALSA’s The Hub
  4. 4. image source: Publishers’ Weekly Standalones (Trilogy fatigue)
  5. 5. From bestseller to box-office image source:
  6. 6. Transmedia Examples: ★ Chopsticks, by Jessica Anthony (app) ★ We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart (pre-pub tumblr) ★ Skeleton Creek, by Patrick Carman (online videos) ★ 39 Clues series from Scholastic (online game & trading cards) ★ The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore (app) Thoughts: ★ The digital divide: does the book function without the digital pieces? (can kids without the tech access enjoy it?) ★ Do the multiple platforms enhance or interrupt the story? ★ Would a pure ebook or app be better?
  7. 7. Teens’ Top Ten
  8. 8. Adults ❤ YA...but teens ❤ “New Adult” ★ Forever Young Adult (site for adult fans of YA books & pop culture) ★ What’s New About New Adult? (Horn Book - includes some New Adult titles) ★ Against YA (Slate - arguing that adults should be embarrassed to read YA - lots of good responses to this) ★ Lizzie Skurnick Books (bringing out-of-print YA fiction back to bookshelves) image source: Forever Young Adult
  9. 9. Diversity’s new movement image source:
  10. 10. A few diverse / multicultural titles: We are a rainbow, by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor (picture book - moving to the U.S.) Who put the cookies in the cookie jar?, by George Shannon (picture book - globalization, cooperation) The color of home, by Mary Hoffman (picture book - moving to the U.S. after war in Somalia) The arrival, by Shaun Tan (graphic novel - mostly wordless story of an immigrant’s experience) In our mothers’ house, by Patricia Polacco (picture book - LGBTQI, adoptive interracial family) Mrs. Katz and Tush, by Patricia Polacco (picture book - friendship between old Jewish widow and young black boy) God’s dream, by Desmond Tutu (picture book - peace, empathy. I love this illustrator, LeUyen Pham, because she always includes children of different races, even if it’s not a “multicultural” book via the text) The breadwinner trilogy, by Deborah Ellis (juvenile fiction - under the Taliban, Parvana works as a boy) When I was the greatest, by Jason Reynolds (teen fiction - urban NY, brother with Tourettes, knitting (!). Check out this cover + Reynolds’ author photo if you think teen fiction is all big fancy dresses à la The Selection series. Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass, by Meg Medina (teen fiction - bullying, class conflict, ethnic identity) The crossover, by Kwame Alexander (teen fiction - verse novel, basketball, rap, twins, fathers and sons) If you could be mine, by Sara Farizan (teen fiction - Iran, LGBTQI, best friends) Ten things I hate about me, by Randa Abdel-Fattah (teen fiction - self-acceptance, cultural identity) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel - growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution) Bridges to understanding: Envisioning the world through children’s books, ed. by Linda M. Pavonetti (2011 nonfiction resource - annotated bibliography, w/ descriptions of nearly 700 books representing more than 70 countries) Hearing all the voices: Multicultural books for adolescents, by Mary Ann Darby & Miki Pryne (2002 nonfiction resource - annotated bibliography of more than 500 books. See Culture Index on p. 239)
  11. 11. ★ It’s not just print books! ○ Books on CD ○ Playaway (audiobooks on mp3 player) ○ Playaway View (mini video player) ○ Playaway Bookpacks (Playaway + Print Book) ○ DVD movies, BluRay, music CDs ○ Magazines for kids & teens (Otaku USA, MAD) ○ Magazines for Parents & Teachers (School Library Journal, VOYA - reviews popularity vs. quality)
  12. 12. Helpful Resources ★ WPL’s Educator page ★ Try our mobile app (or mobile web page - but the app lets you check books out!) ★ Reviews. Find them in Novelist, print magazines such as School Library Journal & VOYA, Amazon, blogs ★ Shelves. New & advanced books at the library, bookstore ★ The Hub teen lit blog from the Young Adult Library Services Association ★ Books about books (0.11-0.28 at the library)