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Louisville high school reviews young adult literature


Based on the frequency of book reviews in student newspapers across the country, it seems many teenagers are reading the book Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky. This also could be evidence of a marketing push by Ms Snadowsky’s publicist, who seems to have sent copies of the book to several student newspapers.

This is the second article in a series about what’s going on in the great schools that are located near colleges whose women’s basketball teams made the NCAA Final Four. On this page, the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Its 2012 enrollment was a little north of 22,000 and the university accepted about 76 percent of its applicants.

Karen Chandler, an associate professor in the English Department at Louisville, studies children’s and young adult literature written in America, with a special emphasis on African-American literature and art dealing with jazz.

Alexis Gainey, a reporter at what is called the Louisville Male High School, writes in the student newspaper Brook N Breck that Anatomy of a Single Girl features “a lot of insightful thoughts into the teen mind.” But maybe, Ms Gainey wrote, the book is missing something. “After every chapter ended, I questioned whether it was truly relevant,” she wrote.

(The book has strong sexual content, so discretion is advised. The reading level’s easy, though, and the book would probably make a good escape, Ms Gainey wrote. She says the following excerpt is representative of the teenage love lives and drama in the book: “After a breakup there’s a momentary relief that you’re free again. But that’s quickly eclipsed by all the good memories you had together and the realization that there won’t be any more of them.”)

The Louisville Male High School was founded in 1856 for male students only, but since 1953, it has been coeducational and simply maintains the name. Before 1923, the school granted bachelor’s degrees to graduates and master’s degrees to the top of the class, but today, it serves students in ninth through 12th grades.

The high school was wrapped up in an investigation by ACT Inc and the Kentucky Department of Education in January involving scores on the COMPASS test, which is used for determining what college courses would be appropriate for high school students who take the test and want to attend college. Records pertaining to the investigation were requested by a reporter at, but the department of education determined the records were exempt from disclosure.

The investigation is believed to be in progress, and records won’t be released until the conclusion of the investigation. The school is being investigated, WDRB believes, because activities at the school during COMPASS testing may have violated state regulations. “More than 86 percent of Male’s 377 graduates last year were college or career ready, compared to 51 percent for Jefferson County Public Schools as a whole, according to state data,” WDRB reported.

Paul Katula
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