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This chapter argues that there is a coherent subgenre of Young Adult novels in which characters who read are identified as ideal lovers and ambassadors for reading as an activity. In a discussion which begins with examples from the eighteenth century it acknowledges the long history of ambivalent attitudes to reading as an activity in most writing for the young and draws on Sarah Fielding’s claim that the ‘true Use of Reading is to make you wise and better’. The piece culminates in a discussion of modern YA novels by Stephen Chbosky, Leon Garfield, John Green, Diana Wynne Jones, and Margaret Mahy that feature pairs of reader-lovers. It shows how these novels address an audience of skilled and committed readers and, by using love stories to expand readers’ knowledge of literary history, conventions and traditions, offer models of ‘the true use of Reading’.
Author(s): Reynolds K
Editor(s): Arizpe E; Smith V
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Children as Readers in Children's Literature : The power of texts and the importance of reading
Print publication date: 05/10/2015
Online publication date: 05/10/2015
Acceptance date: 02/04/2014
Number of Volumes: 1
Place Published: New York and London
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