Things in Print Thursday :: a play-by-play of someone else’s list of coming-of-age novels.

17 Sep

This list is on Scholastic Parents, which makes it interesting: both a publishing company and aimed at helping parents understand their troubled youth.

  1. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank): Jewish female heterosexual protagonist.
  2. Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  3. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  4. The Cry of the Icemark (Stuart Hill): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  5. The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  6. Forever… (Judy Blume): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  7. Go Ask Alice (Anonymous): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  8. A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich (Alice Childress): black male heterosexual protagonist.
  9. The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros): Mexican-American female heterosexual protagonist.
  10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  11. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou): black female heterosexual protagonist.
  12. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  13. Lord of the Flies (William Golding): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  14. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  15. A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man (James Joyce): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  16. A Separate Peace (John Knowles): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  17. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  18. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee): white female heterosexual protagonist.
  19. Waves (Shannon Dogar): white male heterosexual protagonist.
  20. The Yearling (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings): white male heterosexual protagonist.

Another very white, very heterosexual list.

–your fangirl heroine.

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