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Exploding the Myths: The Truth About Teenagers and Reading

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  13 reviews
We are in the midst of the largest teenage population boom since the nineteen sixties, and all of the media are scrambling to reach this alert, savvy, wealthy, and self-conscious generation. But for authors, editors, parents, teachers, and librarians this large group of readers poses a series of special problems: what is too old, or too young for teenage eyes? Should there ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 28th 2001 by Scarecrow Press
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Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meta, non-fiction
I found myself skimming. The subject matter is really important, but I didn't always want to dedicate a lot of time on the details of which particular books were accomplishing which important task, I was focusing more on the larger picture of what needed to be addressed and if it was. I like Marc Aronson's writing and I value the subject matter. Recommend to anyone who has an interest in YA or in encouraging people to read.
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Worthwhile for those involved with making selections or recommending books to teens. Challenges a lot of assumptions adults and publishers make about teens and reading. The titles he uses as examples are dated and some of the things he discusses have changed somewhat, but the substance of Aronson's essays is still very valuable - especially to librarians, teachers, and parents.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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This book has been really good so far. The essays are short but really insightful and have put context and thought to teen life that even though I'd never would have been able to find these words for myself, as I read them I instinctively know they're spot on.
Insightful and I'd be interested in seeing an updated version of this book, especially as quite a few of the trends predicted have come true. But I definitely am glad that the YA books are no longer in the children's section...
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, mlis
i will just cut & paste what i said for class:

I wasn't surprised with the content of Marc Arsonson's Exploding the Myths, but I did find the progression of the articles themselves to be incredibly revealing. I think that we take the post-Harry Potter/Gossip Girls/Twilight YA section for granted. I enjoyed reading about the process that brought acceptance for these titles forward from someone who was clearly on the outskirts of mainstream.

I chose this book in particular, because I was a teen
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
This is another book that was required for school, and I wanted to do a little better job of actually reading it instead of just skimming it. Overall I think it brought up some valid points about Young Adult literature: that it shouldn't be looked at as just watered-down adult fiction; that YA literature should also be looked at as an art form; and that teenagers do enjoy reading, especially non-fiction. I personally felt it got very preachy, and that some things were just way overcomplicated. I ...more
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
(Essays) We read this book in my Library Materials for Teens Class. It is a collection of essays and speeches by Marc Aronson, who is an editor/writer/teen literature extraordinaire. I really like his upfront style. He essays were interesting and he taught me that teen literature shouldn't teach, but evoke questions instead. I dig it.

Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great book of essays dealing with all the inherent issues and contradictions of YA literature. Aronson's essay, "The Power of Words" is the most eloquent and beautifully stated response to the misguided impulse adults feel to censor what teenagers read. This essay alone is worth the price of admission.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Essential professional reading.
Tiffany Klier
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Lots of good ideas, but the book is a bit overpriced.
Corey Ryan
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
How far we have come; how far we have to go.
Required reading for teachers who are involved with YA lit...

Yes, it is a bit out dated at times.
Interesting set of essays. I wonder what he would say today since most of these essays were written in the 1990s.
Book editor expounds on aspects of YA lit, including its history, the importance of its art for teen readers, and the differences between it and children's and adult lit.
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Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.