Young Adult & Children's Literature

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A Boyhood Epic

A Boyhood Epic

BOYHOOD — J. M. Coetzee’s fictionalized memoir about growing up in South Africa — ends with a funeral. In the book’s final scene, the narrator and his mother get a ride in the hearse bearing A...

Discovering Tight Clothing

Discovering Tight Clothing

WITHIN 24 HOURS of getting her braces off, freshman honor student Martine "Teenie" Lashley discovers tight clothing. The duckling-to-swan transformation begins Christopher Grant'...

Judy Blume: Three Essays

Judy Blume: Three Essays

A roundtable discussion about Judy Blume featuring Nell Beram, Nina Berry and Andrea Kleine. Judy Blume Was Right: On Reading Deenie TwiceBy Nina Berry  EVEN BEFORE I OFFICIALLY hit adolesc...

YAC HIT LIST: Books and Ballet

YAC HIT LIST: Books and Ballet

THE AGE AT WHICH I learned to read coincided with the age at which I learned to dance. Both things would come to define me. I was a dancer. I was a reader. They weren’t choices. They were wh...

On the Shore with Tyrell and Bronxwood

On the Shore with Tyrell and Bronxwood

MY EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER started college this fall. She's working, attending classes full-time, and living at home. She's growing up, more adult than child, and the tidal patterns of our relation...

Weetzie Bat Meets the Genie

Weetzie Bat Meets the Genie

"THE REASON WEETZIE BAT HATED HIGH SCHOOL," writes Francesca Lia Block in the opening line of Weetzie Bat, her strange and breathtaking 1989 Young Adult novel, "is because no one unders...

Hunger Games, Number Games

Hunger Games, Number Games

THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING at a blackbird, Wallace Stevens says. Why 13? Why not some other number that would have been just as semantically charged — nine, for instance? And what exactly is a quantif...