February 19, 2018

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Reality Check: A look at the disturbing growth of violence in books for teens

Sex and violence have been topics of YA books since the genre was invented. Realistically, they can’t be avoided. They are, to a greater or lesser extent, part of teenage experience or their expectations of the adult world. But in YA publishing’s early years, most of the action was offstage. When these topics first appeared onstage in single scenes, as in Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War (Pantheon, 1974) and Judy Blume’s Forever… (Bradbury, 1975), they caused a furor. But now, […]