I am Fifteen—and I Don’t Want to Die
New York: Scholastic Book Service 1956.
This is a prize winning true story of teenage heartbreak and heroism during WWII. Huddled in the cold, dark cellar of their bombed out apartment building, Christine and her family listen in fear as the battle rages over their heads. They must get out of the city, but where, and how?
A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich
New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan Inc. 1973.
This book is one of three major novels used in this curriculum unit.
The Diary of a Young Girl
New York: Pocket Books 1952.
This book was set against the grim background of the Jewish program, the commonplaces of a teenage girl are much more than usually touching. Anne’s romance with Peter Van Daan is the very type and model of early love but with the possibility of death standing beyond the door. This book has been translated into nineteen languages.
Go Ask Alice
New York: Avon Books 1967.
Based on the actual diary of a fifteen year old drug user, it is not a definitive statement on the middle-class, teenage world. It is, however, a highly personal and specific chronicle. As such, we hope it will provide insights into the increasingly complicated world in which we live.
Lord of the Flies
New York: Coward, McCann Inc. 1962.
This is an attempt to trace the defects of society back to the defects of human nature. Golding went directly against the 50’s, a time when cultural heroes were flawless adolescents pitted against a corrupt adult world.
New York: Dell Pub. Co. 1967.
A rough and swinging gang of teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks, have little hope for the material pleasures of American life. Their mode of expression is violence-directed toward the group of privileged kids who are at once objects of their envy and their hatred. Written by a most perceptive teenager, it attempts to communicate to adults their doubts, their dreams, and their needs.
83/84 Guilford, Ct: Dushkin Pub. Group, Inc. 1983.
This is an annual non-fiction collection of articles.
July 6, 1942
July 6, 1942.
These magazines show the current events of the day although both had a high concentration on the war effort. Holden is not like the adolescents in the magazines—the smiling, crew cut, loafer-shod teenagers wrapped in the cocoon of suburban togetherness. He makes the adults of his generation uncomfortable because he exposes so much of what is cheap and gawdy, in our way of life.
Free to Choose
New York: Dell Pub. Co. 1983.
This is a non-fiction guidebook to decision making for young men. Distinguished contributors encourage men to break away from cultural expectations and stereotyped views of manhood in friendship, love and marriage, religion, sports, the arts, leisure, and careers, by helping them to understand and explore the many life choices open to them.
Other Choices For Becoming a Woman
New York: Dell Books 1983.
This is a non fiction handbook to help young women make decisions. Discover the wide range of career and life styles that women can choose from. This book guides young adults toward the right choices in education, religion, sex, friendship, sports, careers, arts, and leisure.
Summer of 42
New York: G.P. Putnams Sons 1971.
This was one of the three major novels used in this curriculum unit.
The Catcher in the Rye
Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. 1945.
This is by far my favorite book of the list and the major concentration of this paper.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
New York: Harper & Row 1896.
This fictional work is used only as it compares to
The Catcher in the Rye