Children's Reading Choices by Martin Coles

By Martin Coles

The results of a huge nationwide examine, this ebook examines the alterations within the final twenty years within the examining behavior of English teenagers among the a while of ten and fourteen. either quantitative and qualitative findings are awarded and evaluated.

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By Martin Coles

The results of a huge nationwide examine, this ebook examines the alterations within the final twenty years within the examining behavior of English teenagers among the a while of ten and fourteen. either quantitative and qualitative findings are awarded and evaluated.

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However the popularity of series reading, particularly the Point Horror series, with girls complicates the picture. It would seem that there are two trends. In general girls read an increasing range of books as they get older. Those books that are read by a large number of girls mainly occur in series. Increasingly, as they get older, girls are reading the same series. What else can be said about the books that 14-year-old girls read? Romance, relationships, growing up and horror figure large as themes in the books in List 8 and in increasingly sophisticated forms, for example, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Little Women, Silence of the Lambs, Pet Cemetery, It, Forever, Dracula, Misery.

Stine, Paula Danziger and Brian Jacques were mostly named by 12-year-olds, and Sue Townsend, Franklin Dixon and Douglas Adams by 12and 14-year-olds. The writers that were named mainly by 14-year-olds were Virginia Andrews, J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Pike, Grant Naylor, James Herbert, Danielle Steele and Agatha Christie. The data relating socio-economic group and favourite authors are not generally noteworthy at this lower end of the ‘top 30’ list, but certain points seem worthy of comment. Sue Townsend, J.

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