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Maybe this is a "new genre" for the Communication Arts teacher and Educational 
Leadership (or perhaps the article's author), but librarians have been aware of 
"problem novels" since the 1970's.  It may not have been directly noted that this 
genre was called 'problem novels' but since YA novels / reality novels started with 
authors such as Robert Cormier, Judy Blume, M.E. Kerr, etc., "problem novels" have 
been the mainstay of YA literature in most libraries.

I think this is just a sign, perhaps, of what we always knew---librarians are SO 
far ahead of the rest of the educational profession, that what we know to be 
standard is just now making it's mark on the rest of the professional world.  

Problem novels are not a new genre, they are just being recognized by the rest of 
the educational profession.  Thank goodness, they're catching up slowly!


Shonda Brisco, MLIS
US / Technology Librarian
4200 Country Day Lane
Fort Worth Country Day School
Fort Worth, TX
817.732.7718 ext. 339

"We can't wait for somebody outside of ourselves to rescue us, because nobody is 
coming to the rescue..." 
 ~ Ross Todd, Professor
School of Communications, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University

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