YA Lit

Graphic Novel “Sidescrollers” Cut from Enfield Summer Reading List

By |2019-03-14T17:46:34-04:00September 5th, 2012|Blog|

A parent of an incoming freshman in Enfield, CT took a complaint about the graphic novel Sidescrollers to the district Board of Education and succeeded in having the book axed from the list. In addition, the board decided to take responsibility for creating the reading list out of the hands of its teachers and funnel it through a board committee and [...]

Talking “Dark” YA Lit with Terry Trueman

By |2016-01-14T12:39:51-04:00May 30th, 2012|Blog|

Discussing the "dark" qualities of YA books and their strong language is much in vogue of late. Yes, books can"scar" you--in that they effect you, they leave their mark, they cause an emotional reaction that sticks with you after you've read them. There seems to be an impulse to keep teens "unscarred" in the well-meaning, but perhaps naive hope that [...]