Young Adult Literature is an in-depth literature survey that also models how to teach literature and reading to middle school and high school students. The first three chapters familiarize teacher candidates with the reading process of teens, discuss teen attitudes toward reading, and examine their interests and reading abilities. The genre chapters (Chapters 4-13) discuss genre characteristics and themes, survey young adult literature within the genre category, and examine relevant young adult literature in terms of style and structure. Each of the genre chapters also includes selections to illustrate methods for teaching reading to all learners - including methods that focus on writing skills - and provides the teacher candidate with additional resources in the field of young adult literature.
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Pam B. Cole is a Distinguished Professor of English Education and Literacy at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. She is a former high school English teacher and middle school English/reading teacher from Virginia. Recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service, her work has been published widely in English language arts and reading journals and books, including The ALAN Review, The Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Voices from the Middle, and SIGNAL Journal. She is a past president of SIGNAL and former editor of SIGNAL Journal. She has served as vice-president for the Georgia Council of Teachers of English and state conference coordinator. She currently teaches English language arts methods, young adult literature, reading methods and theory, and content area reading in the Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University. She lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, with her son Taylor.
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