I just finished the very new (published April 5th) Rich and Mad by William
Nicholson, which I think is a very good portrayal of first love and sex, and
in my opinion, better than Doing It . There is an anthology coming out in a
couple of months, called 'Losing It' which is edited by Keith Gray and
published by Andersen Press and is a collection of short stories by well
known authors for teens about 'first times'. I also recommend Julie Anne
Peters' Luna, about transgender issues, Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
about sexual abuse, Anthony McGowan's The Knife that Killed Me about knife
crime (was flagged up for violence), Inexcusable by Chris Lynch (rape from
the rapist's perspective), Tenderness by Robert Cormier (published 1997, but
still shocking and wonderful, and dealing with the meeting between two
damaged teenagers, one a sexually abused girl, and the other a psychopath
murderer), A Bad Boy is Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone and Good Girls by
Laura Ruby, both dealing with girls' sexuality, This is All by Aidan
Chambers (although I think both Breaktime, published 1978, and Dance on My
grave, 1982, are better, and still groundbreaking in many ways, including
form), and Kevin Brooks' Killing God.
That's off the top of my head.
From: Academic discussion of all aspects of children's literature
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Vanessa.Harbour
Sent: 15 March 2010 23:43
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Subject: Re: Teen novels controversial issues
Doing It, Nicholas Dane, Sara's Face + more - all Melvin Burgess
Before I die - Jenny Downham
Screwed - Joanna Kenrick
Game Girls - Judy Waite
The Whisper - Bali Rai
Kidulthood - Noel Clarke
Apples - Richard Milward
Sugar Rush - Julie Burchill
Candy, Being + more - Kevin Brooks
Noughts and Crosses + more - Malorie Blackman
Henry's Tumour - Anthony McGowan
and that is just off the top of my head - guess whose PhD is looking at YAF
dealing with sex, drugs and alcohol...
RIT Project Officer,
Editor of Write4Children (www.write4children.org)
Faculty of Arts,
The University of Winchester
From: Academic discussion of all aspects of children's literature on behalf
of Maria Cristina Thomson
Sent: Mon 15/03/2010 23:09
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Subject: Teen novels controversial issues
For students at a postgraduate Childrenīs Lit seminar, I wish to
include for reading and discussion recently published quality teen
novels dealing with controversial issues.
I wonder if fellow list-members could help me by suggesting a few
titles/authors dealing with the topic. Iīm particularly interested in
works published in the last 10 years.
Many thanks in advance.
Maria Cristina Thomson
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