Spirituality in young adult literature the last taboo tackles a subject rarely portrayed in fiction aimed at teens in this volume patty campbell examines not only realistic fiction but young adult literature that deals with mysticism apocalyptical end times and even ya novels that depict the divine encounter. Patty campbell has been a critic author teacher and librarian in the field of young adult literature for over thirty years currently she writes the sand in the oyster for horn book magazine a column on controversial issues in books for teens and is a young adult editorial reviewer for amazoncom online bookstore. Spirituality in young adult literature the last taboo lanham md rowman littlefield 2015 print in their co authored text spirituality in young adult literature ya literary scholars patty campbell and chris crowe explore the role of spirituality in contemporary anglo american young adult fiction this volume differs from traditional co . This book examines the presentation of spiritual issues in young adult fiction it looks at how religious ideas and those matters that are defined more broadly as spiritual are represented. As the book progresses though the distinction between religious practice and spirituality per se is often cloudy or nonexistent end page 338 in her introduction campbell explores probable reasons why authors of young adult literature have not written about the spiritual questions that often trouble teens
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