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A basic text for young and adult/adolescent literature courses. An exciting new young adult literature text...one that offers a holistic, inclusive approach to incorporating the popular books young adults like to read into a solid English language arts curriculum. A student-centered, whole language emphasis advocates a curriculum that encourages student response to literature and helps develop crucial critical thinking skills. The author suggests numerous approaches to using young adult literature, explores and demonstrates a variety of teaching methods, and discusses an array of literature appropriate for a wide range of students in a number of subject areas, including literature written specifically for children and young adults, popular adult literature, and the classics.