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Young Adult Literature

series: Writers

air date: 12/25/12 10:00 AM

WRITERS is an award-winning series from Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Each episode is a roundtable discussion among three authors of a specific genre. In this program, three notable authors discuss writing for the burgeoning teen market. Teens are rocking the books. Young adult literature, riding a wave created by wizards and vampires, has entered a golden age of redoubling readership and great writing. "We are held to higher standards," comments Newbery medalist Richard Peck. "But I do try to do edgy kinds of things," adds Sharon M. Draper. Just what is young adult literature? "It's short, there's no sex and it's told from the point of view of a young person," laughs Margaret McMullan. Three award-winning authors, whose collective book count is 75 and growing, join host Gene Edwards for a delightful discussion about this engaging genre.

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