Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 23, 2008

Sports Seminar

Filed under: Seminar! — Mandy @ 5:35 pm

This is my invitation for you to join my sports seminar next Thursday. I will be focusing on how sports, especially in young adult literature, have the potential to build and/or reveal character. The texts have selected are most appropriate for high school adolescents, and they include:

Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock: D.J. Schwenk isn’t you average high school girl. She does manual labor on her family’s farm every day, and is determined to try out for her school’s football team, following in the footsteps of her two older brothers. In the meantime, she agrees to train the quarterback from her rival school, while trying to deal with all her familial problems.

Amazing Grace by Megan Shull: Grace Kincaid was a tennis superstar and paparazzi favorite. However, despite all the fame and money, her unhappiness drives her to postpone her tennis career and hide in the Alaskan wilderness so that the media can’t follow her and so she can begin a normal teenage life.

Raiders Night by Robert Lipsyte: Matt Hydek is the co-captain of his high school football team, which has a promising season ahead. However, his team is plagued by drugs, egos, and a newcomer, who is treated inhumanely, forcing Matt to question his morals and character.

Peak by Roland Smith: Peak just made headline news for scaling a skyscraper in NYC. His estranged father promises to take him out of the country until his story dies down in the media. Peak goes with his dad, and the two of them hatch a plan to make Peak the youngest climber to ever reach the top of Mount Everest.

Please join  me!




  1. Did you see the reader’s guide for Amazing Grace on Disney’s website! It’s got a great interview with the author.

    Comment by Jade — April 24, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

  2. Mandy- Sounds fun! I’m in!


    Comment by allison — April 24, 2008 @ 1:32 pm

  3. I’m in Mandy’s seminar and I picked up the folder at class tonight.

    Comment by ebrazee — April 24, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

  4. Who’s #3 in Mandy’s seminar? KES

    Comment by sunyprof — April 26, 2008 @ 9:02 am

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