Mixed-heritage people are one of the fastest-growing groups in the
United States, yet culturally they have been largely invisible,
especially in young adult literature. Mixed Heritage in Young Adult
Literature is a critical exploration of how mixed-heritage
characters (those of mixed race, ethnicity, religion, and/or
adoption) and real-life people have been portrayed in young adult
fiction and nonfiction. This is the first in-depth, broad-scope
critical exploration of this subgenre of multicultural literature.
Following an introduction to the topic, author Nancy Thalia
Reynolds examines the portrayal of mixed-heritage characters in
literary classics by James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, and Zora
Neale Hurston staples of today's high school English curriculum
along with other important authors. It opens up the discussion of
young-adult racial and ethnic identity in literature to recognize
and focus on those whose heritage straddles boundaries. In this
book teachers will find new tools to approach race, ethnicity, and
family heritage in literature and in the classroom. This book also
helps librarians find new criteria with which to evaluate young
adult fiction and nonfiction with mixed-heritage characters."
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