Predicting and Reflecting Changes in Culture

A Conversation on Young Adult Sports Literature with Chris Crowe


  • TERRI SUICO Saint Mary's College



With millions of adolescents participating in sports each year and with the popularity of sporting events ranging from the Super Bowl and the NBA playoffs to the Olympics, athletics is an important part of many teenagers’ lives. However, young adult sports literature is not just about the big game or the vicarious feeling of elation that comes with winning or the catharsis that comes with reading about defeat. Instead, as young adult author and scholar Chris Crowe (2004) notes, many young adult sports books are about more than sports. Instead, they “deal with realistic social issues that real people, not just athletes, often confront” (p. 36).

Author Biography

TERRI SUICO, Saint Mary's College

TERRI SUICO is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College. She earned her EdD from Boston University School of Education and her MAT from Vanderbilt University. Her scholarly work has been included in several books. Most recently, her chapter on using Loving Vs. Virginia to teach and contextualize the struggle for marriage equality appeared in the book Breaking the Taboo with Young Adult Literature. She currently serves as the book review and interview editor for Study and Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature.


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