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Adolescents in the Search for Meaning: Tapping the Powerful Resource of Story (Paperback)
  • Adolescents in the Search for Meaning: Tapping the Powerful Resource of Story (Paperback)

Adolescents in the Search for Meaning: Tapping the Powerful Resource of Story (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 03/03/2006
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As is painfully evident from the reports of school shootings, gang violence, dysfunctional family life, and from statistics on adolescent suicide, many teens live troubled lives. Even those who live a "normal" life still face the challenges adults face, but teens are also engaged in establishing independence and finding their identity. However, few adolescents have the same resources as adults for surviving life challenges. Building from the idea that story is a powerful source of meaning, particularly those stories that resonate with our own lives, this book suggests that the stories of other young adults offer a resource yet to be fully tapped. Adolescents in the Search for Meaning begins from the perspective of young adults by sharing the results of a survey of over 1400 teens and also includes the insights of authors of Young Adult Literature. The book presents over 120 novels that teens have identified as meaningful as well as books recommended by YA authors and experts in the field of YA literature. For any teacher, librarian, parent or counselor wanting to reach young adults, this book is ideal.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810854307
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 227 x 151 x 21 mm

Bottom line: Recommended. * Teacher Librarian *
...Warner's research findings could inform and direct youth services librarians and teachers. * School Library Journal, 8/1/2006 *
Warner offers an important study documenting the power of young adult literature to provide assistance to teens coping with the myriad issues related to adolescence. * VOYA *
Here Warner (adult and children's literature, San Jose State U.) offers both the results of a survey of 1400 teens and a list of over 120 books they say have been meaningful in their time of life. Along with a very interesting report on the readings teenagers said helped them Warner shares how much authors of young adult literature care about their readers and reviews of books about real-life experiences, facing death and loss, identity, discrimination, struggles with decisions, courage and survival, allegory, fantasy, myth and parable. * Reference and Research Book News, August 2006 *

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