This book provides a comprehensive guide to the range of genres and characteristic features of English language fiction written for children. It will help readers to:
* develop their understanding of literature within social, cultural and political reading practices
* extend their knowledge of language features and conventions of different genres
* develop skills in analytical and critical reading.
The scope of the first edition has been expanded from solely fiction to cover a range of contemporary literature, including poetry, plays and picturebooks. The case study material, investigative activities and practical exercises promote an active approach to learning.