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Young Adult Literature?

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Feb. 7, 2008, 6:34am

Does anyone know of any Young Adult Books or even children's books (I'm thinking fourth or fifth grade level) that explore class issues or working class history issues? I have a friend who is doing grad work in a class about young adult literature and we are brainstorming possible paper ideas...

Feb. 7, 2008, 6:46am

Well, one of my favorite books when I was younger, Lyddie by Katherine Paterson involves some girls at the Lowell mills trying to go on strike.

Feb. 7, 2008, 8:50pm

The Block features poems by Langston Hughes with collage-illustrations by Romare Bearden. It definitely gives a working-class view of a city block. Bearden's collages are incredible. To some degree it works as a "picture book" for young children and has that feel to it, but with the poems, it might work for older children, too. Michelle Tea has edited a book of essays that are specifically about growing up female and working class. I think it may be called Without a Safety Net. There's an extremely rare children's book from the 1960's called Suzuki Bean, and it deals directly with class-issues in NYC. Suzuki's friend takes her to his parents' Upper West Side apartment, where a very upscale cocktail party is under way. . . .

Feb. 8, 2008, 8:04am

A little while ago over in Book Talk there was a topic titled something like 'I am 13 and love to read so what is every ones favorite book?' and To Kill a Mockingbird came up a lot from us adults recounting what had been our favorites when we were 13. Personally I just read it for an English class I am taking. It is definitely about class and apparently something a young adult would like.