Enhancing literary understandings through young adult fiction

  • Maia Pank Mertz

DOI: 10.1007/BF02680518

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Mertz, M.P. Publishing Research Quarterly (1992) 8: 23. doi:10.1007/BF02680518


Young adult literature can be used to enhance students' understanding of literary techniques and concepts, providing a “transition” between children's and adult fiction. Two young adult novels—The Pigman andI am the Cheese—are used to illustrate the use of young adult novels to teach about literary elements such as tome, point of view, characterization, motif, symbolism, style, and structure.

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© Translation Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maia Pank Mertz
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  1. 1.Department of Educational Studies at Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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