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From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics, 2nd Edition Hardcover – August 30, 2005

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With the Odyssey, teenagers can read Gary Paulsen's Woodsong (1990), Amy Ehrlich's Where It Stops, Nobody Knows (1988), and many other YA books about the perilous journey. With Julius Caesar, they can read Walter Dean Myers' Scorpions (1988) and discuss the themes of betrayal and group tyranny. Connecting the best YA literature and the classics, this fine, practical guide challenges condescending stereotypes about YA literature and shows how it can be used in the English classroom, across the curriculum, and in the library to open students to the pleasure of reading, at least as an entry or bridge to more complex literature. The largest section of the book discusses using great YA novels with 10 commonly taught classics. Teachers and librarians will find this a well-focused combination of theory and hands-on examples. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Teachers, librarians, even parents looking for an inducement for today's teenager to read and connect to the Joad family, Atticus Finch, Ralph and Jack, or even Huckleberry Finn, will find it through this reference read. More than ideas and lesson plans, the book explores what young adult literature is all about, providing success stories from other schools and libraries, and has an impressive resources appendix. Well-organized, practical, interesting, and useful are some of the adjectives that come to mind with this book. . . .This is one book that won't gather dust on the shelf, as it will be busy being used to form literature units throughout the year. - Christian Library Journal

This book is a must-read for teachers who want to produce not only graduates but also lifelong readers. - Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

Teachers, parents, and any who would present literature to young adults will want to make ^IFrom Hinton to Hamlet, 2nd Edition: Building Bridges Between Young Adult Literature and the Classics^R by Susan K. Herz and Donald R. Gallo part of their required reading. - Midwest Book Review

^IFrom Hinton to Hamlet^R advocates a democratic approach to the teaching of the classics. The canon is not merely for honors students; it is for everyone. A fabulous addition to any professional library. - SIGNAL Journal

^BStarred Review^R Not only are the classics from Twain to Lee covered, but also included are themes from the classic titles, theme connectors to young adult titles, annotated recommended young adult titles that connect to the theme, and a list of other recommended young adult connections. . . . Invaluable as a professional collaborative tool between teachers and librarians, this title will be referred to frequently. Highly recommended. - Library Media Connection

The new edition of this professional classic addresses a need in many schools. Aimed at teachers and librarians, the text offers personal experiences, testimonials, data, and theory for incorporating young adult literature into classrooms. . . . This resource is a must-have for all school libraries and one to considered for all public libraries as well. Libraries that use the first edition would do well to consider purchasing the second. - VOYA

^BOn the First Edition:^R Connecting the best YA literature and the classics, this fine, practical guide challenges condescending stereotypes about YA literature and shows how it can be used in the English classroom, across the curriculum, and in the library to open students to the pleasure of reading, at least as an entry or bridge to more complex literature. The largest section of the book discusses using great YA novels with 10 commonly taught classics. Teachers and librarians will find this a well-focused combination of theory and hands-on examples. - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

^BOn the First Edition:^R The most effective teaching takes what a student already knows and attaches new concepts to the old. For years English teachers have struggled to teach the likes of ^IJulius Caesar^R and ^IThe Scarlet Letter^R in isolation to students who protest that these 'classics' have nothing in common with their young lives. The authors maintain that there is a better way than pop quizzes and lectures to teach the books and plays that are part of everyone's curriculum. If the teacher can help students understand and enjoy one of the many excellent young adult novels available, then it is possible to link common elements in the young-adult novel to the 'classic' to make that crucial bridge between young lives and a lasting relationship with literature. . . . Every part of this book is useful. . . .This should be required reading for everyone on the English and library staffs. Highly recommended. - The Book Report
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 2 edition (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313324522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313324529
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book offers some great ideas for linking classical literature to contemporary young adult novels. I'm always looking for ways to show students that the classics are still relevant and I know I will reference this book often.
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I bought this book looking for links to Hamlet and found a treasure trove of YA books that can be used for nearly every subject matter. Wonderful 'blurbs' on hundreds of books. Well worth having a book where so much of the work is already done for busy teachers of every subject!
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I am a middle school language arts teacher and read this book as part of an independent study in adolescent literature. This book is an invaluable resource for any teacher wishing to link YAL and classic texts. I highly recommend this book.
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