DIVERSE TEXTS FOR DIVERSE READERS
Young adult literature offers a wealth of different text types and genres. Some of these include:
Verse novels are novel-length narrative texts written in free verse and poetry. These texts make use of different forms of poetry such as shape poems, and simple or complex stanzaic verse forms. These texts often have multiple narrators and may include narration, dialogue and descriptions.
Dystopian YAL is a sub-category of science fiction and features young adults in dystopian settings. These novels often feature unique settings that present complex social, political and global issues mixed with romance. Dystopian YAL protagonists are often young people embarking on a type of hero’s quest.
This category includes picture books, both wordless and multimodal, and illustrated novels as well as graphic novels. Illustrated texts incorporate image and text and make use of elements of graphics in addition to the conventions of their genre. Texts include graphic memoirs, realistic graphic novels, multimodal fantasy novels that incorporate illustrations and images, as well as multigenre and multimodal narrative nonfiction.