I come to you again with the discussion of my research project. I think I'd like to tackle legitimizing young adult literature as a genre with valuable literature for study. It's a big concept, and I'm not sure I'd be able to comprehensively address it, but for now, I'm exploring the idea.
I'd like to argue that there are Young Adult Literature texts that are good enough to teach on their own merits, without any need for legitimizing them as partner texts to canonical works. In order to do that, I think I'll take a novel and dig into it over the course of my discussion. I do have a couple options for this (The Hunger Games and The Book Thief first come to mind).
But since I'm delightfully indecisive, I'd also like your input (I readily admit I am nowhere near the YAL guru I'd like to be). If you were going to choose a novel that offered valuable themes and literary techniques to teach within a high school classroom, a novel that you felt addressed not only the state standards but your own as well, which text would you choose?