Latest Young adult literature Stories

2012-05-19 00:02:45

Bestselling authors of teen literature portray their more foul-mouthed characters as rich, attractive and popular, a new study finds. Brigham Young University professor Sarah Coyne analyzed the use of profanity in 40 books on an adolescent bestsellers list. On average, teen novels contain 38 instances of profanity between the covers. That translates to almost seven instances of profanity per hour spent reading. Coyne was intrigued not just by how much swearing happens in teen lit, but who...

2009-04-21 04:30:00

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The teen years are challenging enough, even without a psychotic mother. In Running for My Life, a new young adult novel from WestSide Books, Andrea McKane seems like a typical fourteen-year-old. She likes fried chicken, her floppy stuffed rabbit Pedro, and a certain cute guy. But she's also dealing with a mentally ill parent and trying to handle her own resulting problems with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Andrea faces the heartbreaking...

2009-01-07 04:30:00

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Two new young adult novels from WestSide Books blend coming-of-age stories with historical fiction to shed new light on race relations and young people's experiences in mid-twentieth century America. In Between Us Baxters, by Bethany Hegedus, the friendship between two girls-one white, one black-reveals a 1950s Southern town torn apart by racism in the Jim Crow South. In Seattle Blues, by Michael Wenberg, a young black teen spends the summer of 1969...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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