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Of the many themes occurring in young adult literature, one that bears more extensive exploration is the adolescent-animal connection. Although substantial critical commentary has addressed children's animal stories and animals in adult fiction, very few studies have been devoted to adolescent-animal encounters. In Animals in Young Adult Fiction, Walter Hogan examines sever Of the many themes occurring in young adult literature, one that bears more extensive exploration is the adolescent-animal connection. Although substantial critical commentary has addressed children's animal stories and animals in adult fiction, very few studies have been devoted to adolescent-animal encounters. In Animals in Young Adult Fiction, Walter Hogan examines several hundred novels and stories to explore the ways in which animals are represented in these works. In additional to providing an historical survey, Hogan looks at both realistic fiction and speculative works, including fantasy, supernatural, horror, and science fiction. Hogan reviews stories that feature wild animal encounters, stories centered on relationships with horses, dogs, and other working and performing animals, and those featuring relationships with pets. Drawing upon established scholarship, this book examines human-animal relationships from multiple angles, making it an invaluable resource for librarians, teachers, and students of children's and young adult literature.


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Of the many themes occurring in young adult literature, one that bears more extensive exploration is the adolescent-animal connection. Although substantial critical commentary has addressed children's animal stories and animals in adult fiction, very few studies have been devoted to adolescent-animal encounters. In Animals in Young Adult Fiction, Walter Hogan examines sever Of the many themes occurring in young adult literature, one that bears more extensive exploration is the adolescent-animal connection. Although substantial critical commentary has addressed children's animal stories and animals in adult fiction, very few studies have been devoted to adolescent-animal encounters. In Animals in Young Adult Fiction, Walter Hogan examines several hundred novels and stories to explore the ways in which animals are represented in these works. In additional to providing an historical survey, Hogan looks at both realistic fiction and speculative works, including fantasy, supernatural, horror, and science fiction. Hogan reviews stories that feature wild animal encounters, stories centered on relationships with horses, dogs, and other working and performing animals, and those featuring relationships with pets. Drawing upon established scholarship, this book examines human-animal relationships from multiple angles, making it an invaluable resource for librarians, teachers, and students of children's and young adult literature.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie A.

    A broad overview of young adult books that feature animals, using an equally broad definition of "young adult" that means the majority of the titles discussed qualify squarely as middle grade. I thought this would be right up my alley, since animals + YA = at least 80% of my reading base, but it was a little too dry for me. I quite enjoyed looking up all the titles on Goodreads as I came across them, and couldn't help beaming every time I saw a familiar old friend that most people I know have ne A broad overview of young adult books that feature animals, using an equally broad definition of "young adult" that means the majority of the titles discussed qualify squarely as middle grade. I thought this would be right up my alley, since animals + YA = at least 80% of my reading base, but it was a little too dry for me. I quite enjoyed looking up all the titles on Goodreads as I came across them, and couldn't help beaming every time I saw a familiar old friend that most people I know have never heard of (hello, two different novels by the name of The Snow Pony that are both on my physical bookshelf!), but while the brief exploration of certain themes or passages within these titles was helpful for illuminating older books with limited attention on Amazon/Goodreads, I can't really tell you what its larger point or purpose was because it bogged itself down in such boring critical analysis that I started to very quickly remember why I scoffed at most everything I was taught in pursuit of an English degree. (oh wow, that was all 1 sentence. If only I had some sort of degree that helped me improve my professional writing skills.) By the fourth chapter I was also starting to get depressed, as so many of the books he touched on were downers, and I was frustrated that he couldn't seem to stumble his way into more of the actually wonderful books that feature animals. I was also getting irritated by the way he would reference books more than once, bringing them up in different chapters (or even different places in the same chapter) whenever a specific aspect was relevant. Felt choppy. The footnotes, which were a combination of basic citations and actual supplemental information, also got to be a bit much. With dozens of them in each section, I grew weary of flipping back and forth to the list at the end of each section, afraid to miss something crucial but always wondering if it was going to be worth it. All in all, I think it's a book that has more value if you own it, so you can highlight all the titles and look them up at your leisure whenever you need something to add to your TBR. There is also a helpful bibliography, in addition to a separate author & title index in the back as well as a general index (taking up so much space that it should be noted the writing actually ends on page 217), if you prefer to just look up titles online without potential content spoilers.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I must confess that I haven't read this in its entirety. I was using it for an assignment, but found it so interesting that I kept forgetting to skim through and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the book. So many old friends were found between its covers, and so many books I have now added to my reading list. Hogan's writing style is easy to read and engaging. I would have no problem recommending this to anyone interested in young adult fiction, fantaitems literary theory. I must confess that I haven't read this in its entirety. I was using it for an assignment, but found it so interesting that I kept forgetting to skim through and thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in the book. So many old friends were found between its covers, and so many books I have now added to my reading list. Hogan's writing style is easy to read and engaging. I would have no problem recommending this to anyone interested in young adult fiction, fantaitems literary theory.

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