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The Boys Club

Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature


Wendy Rountree

The Boys Club: Male Protagonists in Contemporary African American Young Adult Literature is a study of prominent issues and themes such as education, identity, and racism in contemporary (i.e., post-Civil Rights era) young adult novels written primarily for African American boys by African American men and women writers. Representative works by writers Candy Dawson Boyd, Curtis Paul Curtis, Sharon G. Flake, Kenji Jasper, Kekla Magoon, Williams McDaniels, Walter Dean Meyers, and Jacqueline Woodson are analyzed. Ultimately, this book illustrates how men and women writers of young adult literature for African American boys reveal and validate the difficulties of growing up young, Black, and male in modern-day American society, and thereby seek to improve the lives of their readers.


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Acknowledgments There are several people I would like to acknowledge for their assistance and / or support while I researched and wrote The Boys Club. First, I would like to thank Pauline B. Rountree for her encouragement throughout the writ- ing process. I would also like to thank JB Craddock for his understanding and support while I completed this manuscript. I would like to thank Dr. Pau- letta Brown-Bracy for her interest in my research and help in putting the fi- nishing touches to this book. I would like to thank Christopher Paul Curtis and Kekla Magoon for giving me some of their valuable time for interviews. And, finally, I would like to thank Alexandra Leach and Nicole Grazioso for helping me through the editing and publication process.

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