The Alan Review
Current Editor
Wendy Glenn wendy.glenn@uconn.edu
Volume 24, Number 1
Fall 1996


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1 From the Editors Patricia Kelly and Robert Small

2 What Is a Mirror To Do? Marc Talbert

Author describes how his experiences, especially the writing of his novels, have served as mirrors of himself and to himself.

7 If You Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine Chris Lynch

Lynch considers how writing has changed him and his relation to the world and proposes that reading can have the same influence on young adults.

11 Finding Words That Fit: The Second Story for Females in Young Adult Literature Caroline McKinney

Young adult novels with young female characters often provide layers of insight into their growth, insights that frequently have gone unrecognized.

16 "Making It More Real": Book Groups, Make Lemonade, and the School Nurse Kelly Chandler

A sophomore English teacher examines the uses of small groups for the discussion of literature and the effect of involving the school nurse in those groups.

20 The Sweet Valley High Gang Goes to College Joyce A. Litton

Joyce Litton continues her examination of teen romances for girls with a look at the latest in the series.

24 Challenging the Canon of Adolescent Literature: Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina Sonja Darlington

Recognized as an outstanding new novel and compared to The Catcher in the Rye, Allison's work should join the list of works most frequently chosen for study in school.

38 Girls Who Do Things: The Protagonists of Robin McKinley's Fantasy Fiction Lynn Moss Sanders

McKinley's heroines rely on their own skill and unconventional ideas as much as magic to win out in the battle between good and evil.

43 Female Protagonists in Multicultural Young Adult Literature: Sources and Strategies Judith Hayn and Deborah Sherrill

Although YA novels with major female characters in multicultural settings are not numerous, a number of well-written examples exist.

48 Responding to Young Adult Literature: A Review Essay Kathleen M. Carico

Monseau's newest book is an effective presentation of ways that YA literature has worked in classes with young readers.

THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION

58 A Teacher Writes Herb Karl

Karl raises and answers some questions about why he, a college professor, writes fiction.


ALAN Connection

49 THE RESEARCH CONNECTION Pamela S. Carroll, editor

56 THE LIBRARY CONNECTION Betty Carter, editor

58 THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION M. Jerry Weiss, editor

42 THE TRIVIA CONNECTION Jim Brewbaker, editor

61 THE RETROSPECTIVE CONNECTION Teri S. Lesesne, editor

63 THE MEMBERSHIP CONNECTION Chris Crowe, editor

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Published by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, National Council of Teachers of English, three times a year (fall, winter, spring). Member of NCTE Affiliate Information Exchange Agreement. Editorial offices are at the Office of the Dean, College of Education and Human Development, Radford University, Radford, Virginia 24142. Printed by the Virginia Tech Printing Services. Cover Design by Ann Hardell, Blacksburg, Virginia. Cover Printing by Virginia Tech Printing Services.

Contributions of the following kind are solicited: Articles on YA literature and/or teaching of it; papers presented at meetings; abstracts of studies (dissertations included); summaries of surveys; reports from meetings, bibliographies on selected topics (YA books or professional articles).

Articles should usually be no more than twelve double-spaced typed pages and should be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope to which stamps are clipped. The author's name and affiliation should not appear on the manuscript. Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged promptly.

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CO-EDITORS

Patricia P. Kelly
Virginia Tech



Robert C. Small, Jr.
Radford University

COLUMN EDITORS

The Library Connection
Betty Carter
Texas Woman's University

The Publisher Connection
M. Jerry Weiss
Jersey City State College

The Book Connection
Virginia Monseau and Gary Salvner
Youngstown State University

The Membership Connection
Chris Crowe
Brigham Young University

The Research Connection
Pamela Sissi Carroll
Florida State University

The Censorship Connection
Nancy McCracken
Kent State University

The Diversity Connection
Eileen Oliver
Washington State University

The Retrospective Connection
Teri Lesesne
Sam Houston State University

The Trivia Connection
Jim Brewbaker Columbus State College, Georgia



EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD

Hugh Agee
University of Georgia

James E. Davis
Ohio University

Sally Hellman
Community College of Southern Nevada

Norma J. Livo
University of Colorado at Denver

Al Muller
East Carolina University

Carole Williams
Mehlville School District

OFFICERS

President:
Arthea "Charlie" Reed
University of North Carolina-Asheville

Immediate Past President:
Diana Mitchell
Sexton High School, Lansing, MI

President Elect:
Gary Salvner
Youngstown State University

Executive Secretary:
Theodore W. Hipple
University of Tennessee

DIRECTORS

Kylene Beers
Houston, Texas

John H. (Jack) Bushman
University of Kansas

Patricia Campbell
Twayne Publishers

Pamela Sissi Carroll
Florida State University

Chris Crowe
Brigham Young University

Ted Fabiano
Blue Valley Northwest HS, Kansas

Lois Stover
Towson State University

Ann Wilder
Southern High School, Durham, NC

Connie Zitlow
Ohio Wesleyan University


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