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I have used the text Literature for Today's Young Adults again and again; the book was very thorough, and the background it gave about young adult literature helped me to understand the importance of using this genre in my classroom.  I have used the booklists to find books that fit into certain genres or help students find a great book about a certain topic.  For example, when my colleague and I prepared a unit on bullying, we used the list on "Buddies and Bullies" in Chapter 4.  I have also used many of the ideas about using YA literature to create stronger reading and writing assignments.  Notes I have made in the margins include: "Good book questions to ask..."; "Good quote, could use when writing short stories or narratives"; and "NOTE TO ME: Don’t forget to look at humor in literary analysis."   

-- Shelly Shaffer, Brimhall Junior High School, Mesa, Arizona


Literature for Today's Young Adults has served as a wonderfully useful resource in my role as both a practicing teacher and teacher educator. During my first year of teaching, I dedicated myself to reading every title listed on the Honor List to enhance my familiarity with texts available to teen readers.  In the university classroom, I regularly draw upon the censorship materials to help students engage in preemptive behaviors to ward off the likeliness of such attacks and know how to best respond should they arise.

-- Wendy Glenn, University of Connecticut


My field is ESL and I took Dr. Nilsen's course in an effort to learn new ways of engaging international students in the world of literature as I aimed to develop their reading and writing skills in English.  I found that Nilsen's Literature for Today's Young Adults serves me well not only as a guide and reference but as a rich source of insight into American culture and modern English literature for young people.

--Thomas Washington, American English and Culture Program, Arizona State University


 Teachers need a good resource library which will enable them to teach to all students across varied interests and literacies.  I use VideoHound to find films, and Literature for Today's Young Adults to find YA books.   

--Stacy Graber, Desert Vista High School, Tempe


I purchased the 7th edition of Literature for Today's Young Adults in 2007, and I still refer to it four years later, as I prepare for my English methods courses and as I write and review articles.  The pages are bookmarked, dog-eared, highlighted, and annotated, and the book itself holds a prominent place on my shelf so that it is easily accessible to me and my students. 

-- Katie Mason, Wichita State University


All librarians working with teens should have Literature for Today's Young Adults on their reference shelf. As a middle school librarian, I relied on the Honor List to build a collection of the best reading material for my students. When I moved to a university library, I used the book as a guide in the creation of a collection of young adult e-books for future English teachers. Literature for Today's Young Adults continues to be my number one resource for young adult literature collection development.

-- Ann Dutton Ewbank,Arizona State University

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover

The number one book in the field, now thoroughly updated to include new topics of critical interest to pre- and in-service teachers in today’s increasingly challenging young adult literature scene.


Long respected as the leader in the field, this guide gives teachers, librarians, parents, counselors, and other group leaders a comprehensive, reader-friendly look at Young Adult literature framed within a literary, historical, and social context―as a means to motivating teens to become life-long readers. Updated throughout with the voices of two new co-authors and ten of the authors’ own doctoral and recently graduated students, the Ninth Edition features:


  • new information on using digital and other literacies
  • a fresh look at contemporary poetry
  • helpful information on connecting young adult literature to real-life events
  • a guide for understanding the significance of fantasy and supernatural literature
  • suggestions for using children’s picture books
  • practical help for working with English Language Learners
  • ways of dealing with censorship issues
  • and much more
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text! 2 Feb. 2014
By Dr. Kim Mayo - Published on Amazon.com
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I use it as a resource for a graduate course! I'm so glad it was updated to include graphic novels and more recent titles.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read for anyone dealing with a 10 -20 year old. 31 Jan. 2014
By reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this as a text for a class and kept it for use for myself and some teachers. It is well written, easy to follow and helps you understand what is appropriate for YA to read. They change the edition about every 2 years to keep current and that's probably the best part. without having read this book I would think several "classics" from the 70's should be on her list. I would have missed out on knowing this generation, their issues and the books/media that's available. Even new techniques, (WebQuests?), for teaching YA critical thinking and learning skills. I will pass this one on and buy the both edition when it comes out because there will be new information already.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 19 July 2013
By blackhighheels - Published on Amazon.com
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I've found this text to be a great resource for quality, young adult literature. Its biggest drawback is that it is impossible for such a text to remain current as new materials are published each year. However, for a basic go-to, it is worth having.
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive Textbook 9 Jun. 2014
By Tonya Dagstani - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the book is great in all that it incorporates. It goes into great detail and lists a tremendous amount of information and books from which teachers new to librarianship at the high school level; however, $150 is a huge amount to pay for a book that will be obsolete with it's recommended titles as soon as new ones come along. I wholeheartedly recommend it to someone not familiar with young adult literature, but for an experienced someone who currently works in that field, it's a large amount of money for this knowledge. I am really glad that I only rented it. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars My Review 5 Oct. 2013
By Pamela Schumann - Published on Amazon.com
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This book met all my academic needs as well as taught me many things I did not know about young adult readers. Great book. Every teacher and parent should read this book.
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