Television, movies and video games aimed at kids and teens get lots of attention for their portrayals of violence and sex. But a new study finds that popular teen books, too, can be surprisingly sexual, meaning that reading may not always be the wholesome activity that parents expect. In fact, researchers reported online June 8 in the Journal of Sex Research, books aimed at and year-olds were no less sexy than books aimed at readers ages 14 and up. In addition, sex was rarely presented in a healthy light: Contraceptives and practical consequences were almost never mentioned, said study researcher Sarah Coyne, a psychologist at Brigham Young University. The "Gossip Girl" books and a vampire book, "Chosen," part of the "House of Night" series, were particularly focused on sex, Coyne said. Electronic media consumption takes up a big chunk of kids' and teens' lives.
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YA Pride – LGBTQIA+ characters in Young Adult Literature
As a secondary school we have always tried to help our pupils through the emotional changes of adolescence. Discussions mostly take place in PHSE lessons but our school librarian is also very good at making sure there are loads of good teen books about relationships in the library. We are increasingly aware that many of our pupils want stories about same-sex relationships. Young Adult books have always been an excellent source of both information and comfort about everything to do with falling in love, from the publication of Beverley Cleary's Fifteen in Originally published in the US it didn't appear in the UK until as one of the launch titles of Penguin Books Peacock series for teenagers, reflecting how much less in tune with contemporary adolescents UK publishers were at that point. There followed a burgeoning of teen fiction in the s, including excellent imports such as Gunnel Beckman's Mia and its sequel Mia's Baby, from Scandinavia where writing realistically about teenagers was more accepted. Looking back, the titles of the s were remarkably coy and it seems amazing that Judy's Blume's Forever , one of the first titles to be explicit about teenagers having sex, was banned from many libraries in the US when it was published in
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Welcome to the first ever periodical issue of YA Pride! After being on a semi-hiatus for the past year, we are re-launching with a brand new format and clarified focus. Instead of our usual blog post format, we will be transitioning to a quarterly online periodical. With the change in format comes a change in content. Instead of one-off pieces, we are shifting our focus to slower, long-form, in-depth journalistic pieces, that are based on reflection, community conversation, and research.
Books have the extraordinary ability to take us to different worlds through the eyes and thoughts of the main character. Their experiences soon feel real as we read on to see what happens next. Some books can leave you thinking about what just happened and even inspire you in your own life in different ways. These 17 books continue to make an impact with their messages and lessons that anyone can take away from them.