Reading in School

  • Elisabeth Rose GrunerEmail author
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


This chapter focuses on the ways young adult novels set in school represent reading and readers. In novels set in school, characters depicted as readers may resist required reading but embrace what they discover on their own, resist the way they are being taught, or develop their own idiosyncratic ways of reading. Written against the backdrop of a new emphasis on standards-based learning, these texts are less focused on testing than we might have expected; rather, the novels provide a “shadow syllabus” for their implied readers, suggesting that through reading (especially reading these “syllabi”) they may develop power and agency.

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  1. 1.RichmondUSA

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