Exploring Conflict Through Teen and YA Books

Author Kerry Drewery is asking why the Middle East is not represented in young adult (YA) fiction. She claims we, as a western culture, are missing out on an opportunity to teach young people about conflict, no matter what our political leanings.

We are awash with teen novels set in the world wars, they seem as popular as ever and have explored the conflict and situation excellently with such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, yet the problems in the Middle East aren’t going away, and have barely been touched.

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