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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Interesting teen reading link

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently asked the question, "Is young-adult fare too mature for some of its readers?" as part of a larger look at teen reading. I think it brings up an interesting point. Some of the best young adult literature is great because of its realism, realism that often stems from difficult and mature situations. I would certainly pause before giving a 13-year-old the same book I would heartily recommend to a high school senior. However, it depends so much on the individual reader, too. Some teens are more mature than others, and some are more sensitive to troubling topics. What are you thoughts on the appropriateness of young adult literature? How do you decide what's appropriate for specific readers?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Marie said...

I think some books have mature themes, but they are true to the story and dealt with honestly.

I think others put as much sex, trauma, and freaky stuff in as possible in order to be sensational.

I think the parents need to differentiate between the two.

April 11, 2007 11:18 PM  
Blogger Lorie said...

That's a good point I hadn't really considered. Is a mature topic or vulgar language being used to make a larger point or is it purely there for the shock value?

April 11, 2007 11:29 PM  

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