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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

“Out of the Best Books”: Navigating the World of Young Adult Literature

Taught by Suzette Gee


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 2 p.m. Ricks 173
Suzette Gee

Suzette Gee


Suzette Gee is a teacher in the English department at BYU-Idaho. Her responsibilities include teaching young adult literature and teacher preparation courses for future high school English teachers. She has taught “Young Adult Literature” since 2010 and has attended multiple national conferences hosting the latest young adult authors and publishers. In addition, she reads, on average, fifty of the latest young adult books each year, paying close attention to award winning and honor list books. Suzette was raised in Sugar City, Idaho and received her education at Ricks College (A.A.S), Utah State University (B.S.), Brigham Young University (M.A.), and is completing her PhD at Idaho State University.

Class Outline

Young adult literature is one of the fastest growing publication genres and has gained popularity with adults as well as teenagers. This class will talk about how to select books that are interesting and in line with Church standards. We will review doctrinal teachings about reading and learning. We will also talk about censorship, the history of young adult literature, methods for encouraging teenagers to read, trends and issues within young adult literature, and recently published young adult titles. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Church teachings on reading/learning. Church standards for media. (For the Strength of Youth, "Out of the Best Books, Movies, or Music, New Era 2009)
  2. Trends in young adult literature. How do these align with LDS values?
  3. Defining standards for reading and censorship. How will you handle your own reading and guiding your children to good literature? (Ezra T. Benson, "In His Steps"; Bruce B. Clark "Creative Writing in the Church: A Challenge to Young Writers")
  4. Book talks on current award winners, top ten lists, etc.

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