Against YA?

07Jul14

Over at Slate they are trying their best to whip up controversy about sappy Young Adult novels. Ruth Graham thinks that ” …you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.”

I am amused as I am both a librarian and immersing myself in YA and children’s literature. It’s plain wrong to broadly categorize all YA as too lightweight. There are some really well written novels that are still being studied. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier come to mind.

See the comment by atibamanii who is a retired librarian for a thoughtful response. To paraphrase atibamanii, a good story is a good story no matter what shelf it was found on.

Happy summer reading!

– Brenda

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