A Content Analysis of the Young Adult Library Services Association's Michael L. Printz Award Winners and the Eva H. Perry Regional Public Library's Mock Printz Book Club Winners: What is the Difference Between the Books Young Adults Choose and the Books Adults Choose for Young Adults?

by Farish, Leslee B.

Abstract (Summary)
This study describes a latent content analysis of eleven young adult novels to answer the question, what are the differences between the books young adults select for themselves as examples of quality literature and the books adults select for them. In examining this question the author analyzed the seven winning books selected by YALSA’s Printz Award Selection Committee and compared them to the six books selected by the Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club at the Eva Perry Regional Public Library in Apex, NC. The findings suggest that YALSA’s Printz Selection committee selects novels with a semi-political agenda in mind and with the intention of encouraging advances in the field of young adult publishing. The Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club selects novels that meet particular adolescent developmental needs, that share a common theme, (the protagonist’s desire to be mothered) and a common grade level readability score, (the 6th grade).
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Brian Sturm

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:book clubs childrens literature evaluation michael l printz award young adults reading north carolina


Date of Publication:11/17/2006

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