Booklist Review
A welcome update to the 1996 title by author, editor, and advocate for young adult literature Cart, this historical overview has not only been extended into the era of Twilight and the e-book but also expanded to include additional genres and formats (comics and graphic novels, nonfiction, audiobooks). Half of the 14 chapters survey the coming-of-age of young adult literature, from the advent of youth culture to the present, providing a roll call of influential and exemplary authors. Remaining chapters analyze current trends and controversies, including crossover publishing between adult and YA markets; treatments of sex, sexuality, and violence in YA titles; and literacy in an increasingly digital age. Cart writes knowledgeably and fervently in support of risk-taking authors and calls for more books that reflect the cultural diversity of today's adolescents as well as the complexity of their lives. Recommended for educators and school and public librarians serving teens.--Burcher, Charlotte Copyright 2010 Booklist