Why isLiterature for Today's Young Adultsthe number one book in Young Adult Literature? Now in its eighth edition,Literature for Today's Young Adultsoffers a comprehensive, reader-friendly introduction to young adult literature framed within a literary, historical, and social context. Renowned authors Alleen Nilsen and Kenneth Donelson provide teachers with practical criteria for evaluating books of all genres, from poetry and nonfiction to mysteries and graphic novels. The authors also include timely issues, such as pop culture and mass media, in order to help teachers connect with students' lives beyond the classroom. What is new to this edition? A brand new Chapter 3, "New Technologies, New Attitudes, and New Literacies,"examines both the challenges and the excitement today's educators face on a daily basis. The20 Young Adult authors honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Awardover the past two decades each receive a one-page write-up documenting their long-lasting contributions. Eight outstandingYoung Adult Authors "Speak Out" on issuesclose to their â™¥ for example, Pat Mora on "Linguistic Wealth," Cynthia Leitich Smith on "Hosting One-Point-Six Million Visitors in Cyberspace," and Laurie Halse Anderson on "Censorship." Names and naming is discussed as a literary techniquethat teachers can use to introduce students to literary criticism that goes beyond just liking and disliking a book. What do professors say about this top-selling book? "The Donelson and Nilsen text is a virtual compendium of essential information for educators, librarians, and those who use literature in their work with young adults." -Beverly Hearn,Universityof Tennesseeat Martin "The censorship chapter is really interesting and well-researched." -Dr. Joy Wiggins,Universityof Texas at ArlingtonAlleen Pace Nilsen is the author of 'Literature for Today's Young Adults (8th Edition)', published 2008 under ISBN 9780205593231 and ISBN 0205593232.