Young adult fiction YA is a category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA are expansive and include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include friendship, first love, relationships, and identity. Young adult fiction was developed to soften the transition between children's novels and adult literature.
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We talk a lot about The Great American Novel — the novels that are considered "the voice of a generation. But there is a lot of controversy surrounding the idea of The Great American Novel, too. Many, including the late great fantasy author Ursula K. LeGuin , have called out the fact that most of these "great" novels are written by white men, and that people are so quick to offer the moniker to male writers who need to be "reflected at twice their natural size. And it's not only women who are constantly left out of The Great American Novel conversation — it's genres, too. Have you ever heard anything but a highbrow literary fiction be given the illusive title of "great? But if we're following the actual definition of what it means to be a Great American Novel — a well-written book that perfectly reflects the culture of its time — then why can't a YA book be considered one of these all-important books?
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Larger-than-life heroes like Captain America, Batman and Superman now grace our screens year-round, projecting an idea of masculinity characterized by unfettered strength. Rather, the process of growing up can make even the most confident of boys feel lost, aimless, confused and powerless. Three new Y.
Crispin: Cross of Lead. The Boy Who Dared. Scholastic, A gritty story of a boy's courage and defiance in Nazi Germany. This story is based on real events and it shows.