The Truth About Why We Teach ‘Dark’ Books To Young Adults

An article in the Wall Street Journal addresses the relevant, and difficult question regarding ‘darkness’ or negativity in young adult literature.

“Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?”

And this is a question that many teachers face in their classrooms. Why is it that we teach books about death, abuse, addiction, and pain to young kids? Continue reading

Drugs, Alcohol, & Death – Is The Literature We Give Our Young Students Negatively Influencing Them?

Contemporary Young Adult Literature has changed exponentially in recent years, moving from simple stories like the Magic Tree House series and The Baby Sitters Club to current YA Best Sellers, like This Is Where It Ends, which tells the story of a school shooting, and Thicker Than Water, which, as Google Books describes, is “a heartbreaking tale of family tragedy and drug addiction where sometimes the best intentions lead to the worst possible outcomes.” Continue reading