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Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature - Studies in Young Adult Literature 27 (Hardback)
  • Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature - Studies in Young Adult Literature 27 (Hardback)

Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature - Studies in Young Adult Literature 27 (Hardback)

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Hardback 190 Pages / Published: 05/07/2007
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This book shows how authors of young adult literature use the creation of names for people, places, events, inventions, animals, and imaginary concepts as one of their most important literary techniques. Chapters address how authors use names to stretch readers' emotions, to reveal ethnic values and differences, to create "other worlds," and to establish tone. Other chapters focus on how authors use names to help readers remember who is who, such as J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books, or to communicate separate messages to adults and to young readers, as exemplified by Richard Handler in the Lemony Snicket books. Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature equips readers with the interest and the skill to make similar observations about names and naming when they read other books. Looking at the names an author has chosen to use is a wonderful first step in introducing readers to the concept of literary criticism as something to help readers get more pleasure and information from their reading. Public and school librarians, college instructors of young adult literature, teachers of creative writing, high school English teachers, and anyone else who is interested in young adult literature will find this book extremely interesting.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810858084
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 223 x 149 x 20 mm

This book encourages critically reading a book to focus on the names and naming. Something else that makes this book valuable is the use of various text features. The bibliography at the end provides a listing of works by all of the authors cited, thereby giving the reader a useful guide. The chapter titles that include the names of the authors featured in the chapter help to insure focus. The bolded divisions within each chapter provide clarity. This book would be useful for anyone who is a fan of young adult or children's literature and anyone who teaches young adult or children's literature. Note that many of the authors and their books included by Nilsen and Nilsen are familiar and read by those younger than twelve- to eighteen-year-olds labeled here as young adults. Children who are ten and eleven read some of the books discussed, including A Series of Unfortunate Events, Catherine, Called Birdy, and certainly the entire Harry Potter series. Thus, the books cited in these eight chapters have a broad range. There is much to commend this book as a reference and as a pleasurable read. * Names: A Journal of Onomastics *
School, public, and academic libraries will find this title an asset. * Booklist *
This resource is an excellent tool for teachers and facilitators of book discussion groups....The Nilsens make a valuable contribution to the study of young adult literature with this well-researched, readable, and insightful study. * VOYA *
This book offers an accessible, engaging, expansive overview of young adult fiction....Recommended. * CHOICE *
The test is written in a scholarly style....This volume offers an interesting exploration of the use of this literary device for teachers of teen literature and for librarians who share books with teens. -- Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center
Nilsen and Nilsen (English education and linguistics, Arizona State U.) examine how authors of young adult literature use naming as a literary technique. They discuss how names are used for fun and humor; to establish tone and mode, time periods, or realistic and imagined settings; to reveal ethnic values; to build an audience made up of different age groups; or as memory hooks. They present examples of books by authors such as J.K. Rowling, Maya Angelou, Amy Tan, Gary Paulsen, Karen Cushman, Gary Soto, Francesca Lia Block, Orson Scott Card, and Daniel Handler. * Reference and Research Book News *
A well-paced discussion...Valuable. * American Reference Books Annual *

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