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Names and Naming in Young Adult Literature (Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature)
This book shows how authors of young adult literature use the creation of names for people, places, events, inventions, animals, and imaginary concepts as one of their most important literary techniques. Chapters address how authors use names to stretch readers' emotions, to reveal ethnic values and differences, to create "other worlds," and to establish tone. Other chapte ...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published July 5th 2007 by Scarecrow Press
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Admittedly skimmed this. Very interesting study, but more grad thesis content than a readable "layman's" book. When identity is so crucial to young adults it is no surprise that names are an important aspect of this. Good authors (Sachar, Paulsen, leGuin, Cisneros, Rowling and especially Cormier, among others) know this and also know that teens are picky readers so if they cannot relate to the character the book will not fly. This is more of a case by case, in-depth analysis of specific YA books ...more
Jan 22, 2008 Christine rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adult Literature Lovers; Name Collectors
This book pointed me to some omissions in my YA canon. The chapters discussing books I had read (e.g. Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, Karen Cushman) were enlightening, and the other chapters made me want to go back and read some of the ones I had missed (Weetzie Bat, The Canning Season, How I Live Now).
Students, teachers, and librarians will enjoy this guide to names and naming in young adult literature. In 8 chapters there are titles such as Names to establish tone and mode, Names to establish time periods, Names to establish realistic settings, Names to reveal ethnic values and names as memory hooks - Harry Potter, yes!