© 2011

Narrative Pleasures in Young Adult Novels, Films, and Video Games

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Part of the Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature book series (CRACL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Margaret Mackey
    Pages 15-38
  3. Margaret Mackey
    Pages 39-57
  4. Margaret Mackey
    Pages 95-121
  5. Margaret Mackey
    Pages 199-218
  6. Margaret Mackey
    Pages 219-237
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 238-258

About this book


Stories are told today through many formats and young interpreters bring multimedia experience to bear on every narrative format they encounter. In this book, twelve young people read a novel, watch a film and play a video game from beginning to end. Their responses inform a new framework of contemporary themes of narrative comprehension.


fiction film Interpretation multimedia Narrative novel video

About the authors

MARGARET MACKEY is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.  She teaches, researches, and publishes widely in the areas of multimodal literacies, changing reading behaviours, and young adult literature. Her recent books are Mapping Recreational Literacies and Literacies across Media.

Bibliographic information


'A remarkable piece of scholarship that combines stringent empirical research with profound theoretical thinking.' - Maria Nikolajeva, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge, UK