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Trend-O-Matic: Reality Bites

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The novel has long been a reflection of how we see our world and our lives.  Reality and the presentation of real everyday lives has become an important genre in Young Adult fiction.  Important issues such as the effects of drug or alcohol abuse, relationships or feelings are examined in the safer environment of fiction.  The protagonists in these novels deal with the choices they have made and all their repercussions.  They don’t always make the right choices or come out of their problems by the end of the book, but along the way some truth is discovered, either by the reader or the character.  An early example of teen realism comes from J.D. Salinger in “The Catcher in the Rye”.  Holden Caulfield is trying unsuccessfully to deal with the reality of being a teenager.  S.E Hinton gives us a look at teenagers lives in the 1960s in “The Outsiders”.  Melvin Burgess examines drug addiction in his novel “Junk”

Why not try some of the following for a slice of reality:

1. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D.Salinger

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2. “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton

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3. “Junk” by Melvin Burgess

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4. “Skim” by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki<!–[if gte mso 9]>

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5. “Taking Flight” by Sheena Wilkinson

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6. “Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson” by Judy Blume

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