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Brown, Megan R. – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
Mainstream American culture still commonly considers disabilities as defects. Whether physical, emotional, or mental in nature, these features are hindering an individual, separating them from the perceived norm, and having a negative impact on their acceptance. Films and literature targeting children and young adults currently are seeking to…
Descriptors: Attitudes toward Disabilities, Social Bias, Films, Adolescent Literature
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Anati, Nisreen – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This study explores the impact of the political uprisings in the Middle East, known as the Arab Spring, on Arabic YA literary books. It is based on a content analysis of the Etisalat Book Award's shortlisted entries for the period 2012-2016. It is argued that both children's and YA literature of the Arab World subsequently became more open about…
Descriptors: Arabs, Political Influences, Semitic Languages, Adolescent Literature
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Spring, Erin – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This article explores the interconnections between young adult fiction and young adult readers' constructions of place within two contemporary texts. It employs a qualitative, multiple case study design, and utilizes discussion groups, semi-structured interviews, and the creation of place-journals to interpret some of the ways in which several…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescent Literature, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Ash, Gwynne Ellen; Saunders, Jane M. – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This essay considers 12 books of contemporary young adult fiction, published in the United States between 2000 and 2016, with plots directly related to rampage school shootings. It compares the shooters' psychological types, ages, races, genders, roles, motives and the narrative points of view in the books with dominant cultural scripts for…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Fiction, Weapons, Violence
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Zähringer, Raphael – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This article explores the functions of paratextual and intra-textual pirate treasure maps in works of literature for children and young adults. Based on an examination of how the indexical X that "marks the spot" operates as the focal point of the semiotic endeavours of treasure maps, the article outlines the fragile stance of maps…
Descriptors: Maps, Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Teaching Methods
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Aggleton, Jen – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This article examines the effect of Jim Kay's illustrations on the experience of reading "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness. The author compares the responses of six Key Stage Three children (11-14 years old), three of whom were given an illustrated version of the text, and three a non-illustrated version. The children with an illustrated…
Descriptors: Illustrations, Early Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Reader Text Relationship
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Guanio-Uluru, Lykke – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series (2005-2008) and Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" series (2008-2010) have been hugely successful and influential texts, both as best-selling literary works and as action movie franchises. (To avoid confusion, "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" in this essay refer to the…
Descriptors: Females, Masculinity, Gender Issues, Gender Differences
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Cummins, Amy – Children's Literature in Education, 2013
This study identifies patterns in 11 English language young adult novels from the past three decades (1981-2011) which depict undocumented migration between Mexico and the United States. The increase in YA novels on this topic demonstrates rising public concern. These books offer sympathetic identification with border crossing youth. Eight of the…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Foreign Countries, Novels, Immigration
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Marshall, Elizabeth – Children's Literature in Education, 2009
This essay examines the representation of adolescent girlhood, sexual violence and agency in Francesca Lia Block's contemporary fairy tale collection "The Rose and The Beast." Focusing specifically on the tale "Wolf," the author provides a literary analysis of how Block draws on and reworks traditional Western fairy tale variants to reintroduce…
Descriptors: Empowerment, Adolescent Literature, Violence, Sexual Harassment
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David, Robert G. – Children's Literature in Education, 2001
Examines text and pictorial representations of the Inuit in juvenile reference books and in geographical and historical juvenile non-fiction works. Finds continuing prevalence of a wide range of stereotypes. Identifies strengths and weaknesses of a variety of such representations, aided by a discussion group of Inuit people. (SR)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education
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Crago, Hugh – Children's Literature in Education, 1993
Explores the mystery of why readers choose to read texts. Considers the psychology of reading for pleasure and the figures of speech linking reading with love. Discusses a wide array of books and the reasons that readers have felt such a strong attachment to them. (HB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Elementary Education, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation
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Munde, Gail – Children's Literature in Education, 1997
Contends there is a disparity between the humorous books children choose to read and the humorous books adults choose for children to read. Finds this merits attention because research has consistently indicated that humor is children's strongest preference for reading material. Identifies and examines humorous books; finds different choices…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Adults, Childhood Interests, Childrens Literature
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Trousdale, Ann M.; Everett, Janie S. – Children's Literature in Education, 1994
Studies three African-American children's responses to short works of fiction which were read aloud to them. Describes the three participants and the stories used. Analyzes significant patterns of understanding and interpretation observed. (HB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Black Students, Black Studies, Case Studies
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Wray, David; Lewis, Maureen – Children's Literature in Education, 1993
Reports on the findings of a survey of over 450 children (ages 7 through 9) in southwest England exploring aspects of their views about and experience of reading. Provides insight into what children read and what influences their choice of reading and response to reading. (HB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Poole, Roger – Children's Literature in Education, 1986
Using a questionnaire, a study determined the titles and authors of fiction most used by teachers in the classroom, how the books were used, and the time spent on these books. (SRT)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction