Week 2 class promises

Writing resources:

  • Rules for analytical reading from Adler, Mortimer J.  and Charles Van Doren, How to Read a Book , rev. ed. New York:Simon and Schuster, Touchstone Books, 1972, pp 163-64.
  • How to write a book review. Tips from the Writing Center at UNC
  • If you think you might need recurrent help with writing, Queens own Writing Center


Editor Cheryl B. Klein discussing a possible definition for YA lit

History of YA:

One thought on “Week 2 class promises

  1. This set of resources speaks to academic needs and practical needs for young-adult library science professionals setting out to write book reviews. Adler and Van Doren’s ‘rules’ help reviewers look for problems defined and solved in the book. Klein’s definition/theory of YA literature offers foci for the reviewer, such as main character(s), growth, teen perspective, story-not-lecture. The Writing Center at UNC provides a well organized outline for the book review process. Using these documents for the pre-writing step, i.e., the deep thinking that precedes our writing, can help us produce a review, not a ‘report.’ Then, the challenge is for us to write concisely and yet evoke a reaction in the readers of our reviews. Will our readers want to read the book discussed, not want to read it, or not care?
    Concerning the history of YA literature, it is intriguing to look at centuries, decades, and years, and then consider the social view(s) of children during those times.
    A. Quinn


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