Writing Young Adult Novels: How to Write the Stories that Today’s Teens Want to Read
Irwin and Eyerly
The last bullet point on the back cover (see below) reminds me of some of my college literature classes. Readers looking for hidden sexist and racist messages in your writing will find it, whether you intended to put it there or not. I remember some class discussions where all kinds of crazy theories came out and I never got it. “You got that from this??” There was also a sassy retired lady in a book club Mary once ran who could find a sexual reference in ANYTHING.
This might have been a handy book in the late ’80s, but it is sorely out of date now. I think the key is the phrase “Today’s Teens” in the subtitle.