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Contemporary YA

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Kelly Jensen

on 29 April 2014

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Transcript of Contemporary YA

A Guide to Contemporary Realistic YA Fiction
kelly jensen, April 2014, Connecticut Library Association Conference
Think in Broad Strokes
Use appeal factors to better connect title to title
2014 Titles
Contemporary Realistic YA can't be neatly categorized because life can't be neatly categorized.
Themes
Noteworthy Elements
Writing Style
Voice
Format
Mood
The Arts
Diversity*
Family Life
Friends & Peers
Grief & Loss
Health & Well-Being
Journeys
Relationships
Sports & Athletes
Survival
More ideas
*Diversity is not a category separate from the rest. It's in addition to them.
Bullying
Sexual Violence
War
Technology
(Un)likable Female
Characters
Cults
Body Politics
Rural Life
Urban Fiction
Summer Before College
Non-traditional Life Choices
Gender
Dating Violence
Road Trips
Diversity
A contemporary realistic novel takes place in a world easily recognized as today's world by the characters in the book, as well as the readers taking in the book. It betrays a sense of the cultural zeitgeist, as well as the fears, expectations, highs, and lows of what it means to be a teen in the present world.
Discussion-Worthy Topics
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