Posted on January 10, 2011 by agirlnamedsara
When I saw the name of this The New York Times “Room for Debate”, “The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction” in my Google Reader I was instantly intrigued. The New York Times has an online segment devoted to teaching and learning and that is where I found this article, “Dark Materials: Reflecting on Dystopian Themes in Young Adult Literature.” Take a look- what are your thoughts? Have you explored these themes in your classroom? If not maybe some of the lesson ideas will allow you to do so. I’m definitely bookmarking this page for future reference.
Dystopian YA Novels for Teens:
The Giver- Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games (trilogy)- Suzanne Collins
Ugles (series)- Scott Westerfeld
1984- George Orwell
A Brave New World- Huxley
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Posted on September 12, 2010 by agirlnamedsara
This book is a bit of a change for me as it is a bit more middle grades than young adult. That being said, I’d heard good things so I decided to pick it up and read it. The story, as most of you probably know, is about a young girl during WWII that lives in Holland and how her family is affected by the Nazi occupation.
It was interesting to read this book so soon after I read Postcards From No Man’s Land (I read both a couple of months ago). Both provided insight into the war in Holland, but both were extremely different. Overall I honestly wasn’t that big of a fan of Number the Stars, perhaps if I were more into books for upper elementary school students I would have felt differently. It appears to be historically accurate, but I felt the plot and the characters lacked development. I wanted to know more.
The book is definitely school appropriate and could be used for grades 4-7 though I’d say 5/6 is ideal. This would be a good book to pair with a history lesson on WWII.
WINNER 1991 – Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List
WINNER 1989 – Sydney Taylor Book Award, Association of Jewish Libraries
WINNER 1991 – Kansas William White Master List
WINNER 1991 – Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
WINNER 1990 – Maine Student Book Award
FINALIST 1993 – Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
WINNER – Newbery Medal Winner
WINNER – ALA Notable Children’s Book
WINNER – School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
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