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Ways and means of supporting and developing young adult readers.
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Is it dystopia? A flowchart for decoding the genre

Is it dystopia? A flowchart for decoding the genre | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Author Erin Bowman designed this flowchart to test for dystopian fiction. Imagine you are the main character of the book you are considering and answer these questions.
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Winning the reading war

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"At school, reading books usually meant reading about characters I didn’t care about in situations that didn’t ignite my imagination. At home, my Dad tried to bribe me, offering an allowance based on a nightly page-count. He shared his childhood favourites like The Hardy Boys and the Tom Swift novels in an effort to inspire me through a type of intergenerational book club. I rarely made it past the first chapter of those books. They simply could not compete with the mythology and immersive worlds of the "Star Wars" films or even the "Transformers" television show.
But fortunately I did find my way into reading, and I can still clearly remember the two inflection points that fueled my transformation."

(The third factor implicit in this article is being given the opportunity to choose for oneself!)
Via Heather Stapleton
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Blog Post: The Dystopian Timeline to The Hunger Games [INFOGRAPHIC]

Blog Post: The Dystopian Timeline to The Hunger Games [INFOGRAPHIC] | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
DYSTOPIAN BOOKS AGAIN SEIZE POWER
"The new breed of dystopian novels combines classic dystopian themes of cruel governments and violent, restrictive worlds with a few new twists—badass heroines and romance. To mark the movie release of the most popular of this new wave of books, The Hunger Games, we examined the history of the dystopian genre to see how it has evolved and why it's so popular today."
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Why is dystopia so appealing to young adults?

Why is dystopia so appealing to young adults? | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
As an author for young adults, Moira Young offers intriguing insights into why the current crop of dystopian fiction is so popular with teenage readers...
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Mehdi Leman's curator insight, May 23, 2014 7:08 AM

"A new wave of dystopian fiction at this particular time shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. It's the zeitgeist. Adults write books for teenagers. So anxious adults – worried about the planet, the degradation of civil society and the bitter inheritance we're leaving for the young – write dystopian books."