JTCC is a diverse community; our students and faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and places. Everyone likes to read something different…mystery, romance, thriller, blogs (wink!)
Have you read popular books like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games or The Lightning Thief? You have been reading what libraries call Young Adult Literature! The American Library Association defines Young Adult as books meant for ages 12-18. But honestly, these are not just for teens…or kids. Moms (well, some of them) went as crazy for Twilight as their daughters did.
Teens..and those who USED to be teens
In Library Journal’s “Not Just for Teens” Angelina Benedetti describes why readers of all ages read YA literature.
- Hook readers—and keep them! No slow buildup…great for time (and sleep deprived!) adults who want to read, but have little time.
- Teen years are unforgettable, even as adults (though we may all want to forget!)
- Quality writing: Printz Award, Alex Award, Margaret A. Edwards Award (and more!)
- Crossover—James Patterson write for YA (Maximum Ride series); Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl) has book coming out for adults.
- Genre defying—more vampires, zombies and dystopias. Madness and mayhem!
Writers of Young Adult titles are diverse too.
- Rick Riordan wrote for adults (Tres Navarre series) and taught middle school before writing the bestselling Percy Jackson series.
- Suzanne Collins wrote for kids (Gregor the Overlander) and worked for Nickelodeon TV before writing The Hunger Games series.
- J.K. Rowling was on public assistance before she published Harry Potter and became one of the richest women in the world.
YA books @ JTCC
Try some Young Adult books for yourself!
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
The Good Thief by Hannah Tintin
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (movie expected Spring 2012):
Max: a maximum ride novel by James Patterson
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers