First Advisor

Karch, Adriana

Second Advisor

Sweet, Sharon


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

194 pages


In young adult literature, the reader finds most of the same genres as are available for adult fiction. One of the challenges that readers of young adult literature face is that, although some progress has been made to develop and feature minority characters and protagonists, minorities are still underrepresented in young adult literature. Although young adult historical fiction features more minority protagonists, this is ordinarily done because historical fiction lends itself as an educational tool, where history, geography, and social studies can be illuminated through the genre. As demographics in the United States continue to change and as minority groups have greater representation in the U. S., young adult literature should include more minority protagonists.

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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