"Young Adult Fiction" Essays and Research Papers

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Review of "The Book Thief"

Review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak It seems sometimes like the market for young adult literature is written down to the readers, almost in a condescending manner. That is why a book like The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is so refreshing in this sea of cookie cutter romances and fantasies. While classified as a young adult novel, it deals with very serious themes. The book’s cover comes printed with this label: “It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has...

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The Hunger Games: Book vs. Movie

The Hunger Games, the introductory novel in a trilogy book series written by author Suzanne Collins in 2008, is a young adult novel that surrounds a teenage girl named Katniss Everdeen in a futuristic tale of a teenager who defies all odds when they are stacked against her. She is shaken to the core with sacrifice, adversity and danger when she finds herself forced to compete in a televised series of games where there is only one survivor. Not only does she want to live, but she has an incredible...

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The Monkeyface Chronicles

Also, the novel won the Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award in 2011. The White Pine Award is an annual literature award that has awarded young adult novels since 2002. Other books like Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Mostly Happy by Pam Bustin have also received White Pine Awards. The Monkeyface Chronicles is a fictional novel about a young boy named Philip who suffers from an extreme facial deformity. All the other kids make fun of Philip and call him names like ‘Monkeyface’. While...

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Dominic A. Bianco's The Apparition Saga

courage because there is a noticeable decision to assume the identity of a superhero. And just as the reader grows comfortable with these new themes, the author changes the main recurring themes once more to a mysterious, betrayal element. Within one young adult novel, the themes covered are coming of age, alienation, courage and betrayal. There's so many themes within the book that it allows for an exciting well rounded story about not just a superhero, but a teenager as well. Painstaking effort is taken...

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Lost Property by James Maloney

Lost Property by James Maloney is a young adult novel that deals with relationships teenagers may experience. The novel, narrated by Josh Tambling, a seventeen year old high school student, illustrates what he learns through the progression of the story about his relationships with other characters. Josh learns that within a relationship, one must be completely honest to yourself and with other people. Josh learns that in relationships, he must be honest with others. He learns this through his...

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Naomi Shihab Nye Personal Identity

that she believes he would like her sitti a lot if he met her ("Nye, Naomi Shihab 1952–." 2685). The story received a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (Almon 278). In Nye's 1997 young adult novel, Habibi, she tells a story of a young girl named Liyana Abboud who moves from St. Louis to Palestine, where she meets her Palestinian relatives and becomes close to her grandmother (Almon 279). When in Jerusalem, the Abbouds discover that the violence in Jerusalem...

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Biography of Sharon Draper

Cleveland, Ohio. The oldest child of Victor Mills who was a hotel maitre'd, and Catherine Mills, who worked as a advertising manager for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Catherine always read to her three children each night starting when they were very young. By the time Sharon began school she was already known to be the bookworm. Victor and Catherine encouraged their kids to try to study and work hard, and as a result they could reach whatever goal they set for themselves. Sharon started becoming a...

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Book Report on "Paper Towns" by John Green

Book Report Project in English By Claire Andrea Pascual – III-Arezzo Title: Paper Towns Author: John Green Genre: Young adult novel, mystery Characters: 1.) Quentin “Q” Jacobsen – He is the protagonist and the one who is telling the story. He is childhood friends and neighbors with Margo, who he also had a crush on ever since they were children. As the years passed, their contact with one another has decreased. As the story progress, he tries to unfold clues he thinks Margo intentionally...

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A .Mockingjay Written by Suzanne Collins Published in 2010 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction B. Mockingjay, written by Suzanne Collins, is the third and final book to the hit series, The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen has ventured through the Hunger Games and the third Quarter Quell, and has been rescued by the rebels in District 13 and has been convinced to become “the Mockingjay,” which happens to be the symbol of the rebellion in Panem. As she takes lead of the rebellion Katniss...

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Summary of Hunger Games

two of the poorest young men and women since more food is given to poor families if their teenage children are entered multiple times in the selection. The fact that only one survives out of the twenty-four tributes selected for the Games from twelve districts lead the families of the districts to perceive the selection for the Games as the selection for sacrifice. Not every district believes that the Games are sacrificial. A few of the richer districts train tributes from a young age and during the...

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