As is painfully evident from the reports of school shootings, gang violence, dysfunctional family life, and from statistics on adolescent suicide, many teens live troubled lives. Even those who live a "normal" life still face the challenges adults face, but teens are also engaged in establishing independence and finding their identity. However, few adolescents have the same resources as adults for surviving life challenges. Building from the idea that story is a powerful source of meaning, particularly those stories that resonate with our own lives, this book suggests that the stories of other young adults offer a resource yet to be fully tapped. Adolescents in the Search for Meaning begins from the perspective of young adults by sharing the results of a survey of over 1400 teens and also includes the insights of authors of Young Adult Literature. The book presents over 120 novels that teens have identified as meaningful as well as books recommended by YA authors and experts in the field of YA literature. For any teacher, librarian, parent or counselor wanting to reach young adults, this book is ideal.
Mary L. Warner has been teaching English to adolescents for almost thirty-one years. She currently teaches Young Adult and Children's Literature at San Jose State University, where she also works with the English Credential Programs and serves as Associate Director of the San Jose Area Writing Project. She has published numerous articles on Literature as a Source of Meaning for teens and adults and is the editor (and author of two chapters) of Winning Ways of Teaching Writing: A Practical Guide for Teaching Writing Grades 7-12.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface: The Power of Story Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Introduction: Contemporary Realities Part 5 Part 1: Introduction Chapter 6 1. Young Adults Sharing Their Perspectives Chapter 7 2. Young Adults Sharing Reading Choices Chapter 8 3. Young Adult Authors Describe Their Commitment to Adolescents Part 9 Part 2: Recommendations Chapter 10 4. Books about Real-Life Experiences Chapter 11 5. Books about Facing Death and Loss Chapter 12 6. Books about Identity, Discrimination, and Struggles with Decisions Chapter 13 7. Books about Courage and Survival Chapter 14 8. Books on Allegory, Fantasy, Myth, and Parable Part 15 Appendix: Cross-Index of Books, Alphabetized by Author Part 16 Bibliography Part 17 Author and Title Index Part 18 Subject Index Part 19 About the Author