Mountain View, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2012) – Shmoop, a digital publishing company, polishes its apple to revisit middle school – and we couldn’t be more psyched. We have arrived to help you unpack the best stories in Young Adult Literature (or YAL, not y’all):
- Whether you’re a young adult reading these gems for the first time or a not-so-young adult who wants a stroll down Memory Lane, Shmoop has the dish on some of your favorite classic young adult novels. From Julie of the Wolves to The Giver to Call of the Wild, we put a Shmoopy spin on these classics, demonstrating why they still matter today.
- Want to get behind the scenes of the movies you love? Well, you’re in luck: Shmoop has the inside scoop on the books that inspired them. Shmoop’s take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will have your mouth watering for more Wonka bars and tasty symbolism**. Mmm, symbolism. And if you loved the animated Coraline, Neil Gaiman’s original and super creepy story will blow you away.
- What better way to hear a young adult story than from a young adult? Some of our favorites, including Walk Two Moons, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and When You Reach Me, are told from the point-of-view of a kid. And Shmoop is here to tell you why that matters.
- Shmoop isn’t afraid of getting real. Within our collection, we also showcase the darker side of young adult lit: The stuff that’s not all Everlasting Gobstoppers and happy endings. We help you tackle the topics of teen suicide (Thirteen Reasons Why), the Holocaust (The Book Thief, The Diary of Anne Frank), and mental illness (I Am the Cheese) while remembering to appreciate the literature behind it all.
- And last but way far from least, we’re joining the 50th anniversary celebration of that beloved young adult classic, The Phantom Tollbooth. Take a ride through the Lands Beyond with Milo, and Shmoop will help you unravel the meaning behind all those puns, allegories and flying watchdogs.
*No relation to Simon’s show.
**The reading of this guide is not approved by Jenny Craig.