Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 26, 2008

What Would You Suggest?

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 8:04 am

This is a recent post on one of my YA Lit listservs:

“I am searching for a book that is either YA or adult-appealing-to-YA for a new high school class. The book must focus on a biracial teen who struggles with cultural dual-consciousness. The teen protagonist may be male or female (but it must appeal to male reluctant readers). The book also must be of upper reading level (appropriate and challenging enough for college-bound juniors and seniors).

Any ideas?”

I wonder what some of you readers would have immediately recommended?? KES



  1. I don’t know if this fits the criteria perfectly, but I thought of James McBride’s memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother. Maybe Barack Obama has written something about his experiences?

    Comment by sostrom — February 26, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  2. Interesting response Sarah!! Think–closer to home. Aha, you may not be reading this title for this week’s class. That’s a clue! KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 26, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

  3. Barack Obama has a memoir, Dreams From My Father… a great read.

    Comment by traverse02 — February 26, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

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