The Alan Review
Current Editors
Steven Bickmore sbick@lsu.edu
Jacqueline Bach jbach@lsu.edu
Melanie Hundley melanie.hundley@vanderbilt.edu
Volume 25, Number 1
Fall 1997


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From the Editors
Patricia Kelly and Robert Small

Exploding the Literary Canon
Theodore Taylor

Author of many books for young readers, Taylor looks at the effects of "political correctness" on such books and their readers.

Fairy Tales, Myths, and Religious Stories
Donna Jo Napoli

A writer and teacher looks at what it means to be an outsider.

Aidan Chambers:
Monk, Writer, Critic

S. David Gill

The novels of Aidan Chambers reflect both his life and his challenging approaches to crafting a story.

Robert Newton Peck and Shaker Beliefs:
A Day the Truth Would Die

Michael Sullivan

Research contrasts the Shakers described in Peck's novel and actual Shaker beliefs and ways of life.

Betsy Byars:
Techniques and Themes

Judith Callaway-Schaefer

Betsy Byars' popular works for young readers have both weaknesses and strengths as literature.

Enchantress from the Stars:
Sylvia Louise Engdahl, Star Trek, and Science Fiction

Carol Littlejohn

Engdahl used her science fiction novels to present her philosophy of the link between today and the future.

Marsha Qualey:
"One writes what one would read."

Ronald Barron

Barron discusses the novels of Marsha Qualey and includes comments by her concerning her work.

Honoring Their Stories, Too:
Literature for Gay and Lesbian Teens

Michael Cart

Cart analyzes the depiction of gay and lesbian teens in YA literature.

Where Are the Mothers?
Aileen Miyuki Tsujimoto

Mothers seem either to be missing or maligned in many of the selections in school literature texts and in many children's and young adult stories and books.

A REVIEW ESSAY
Reel Conversations:
Reading Films with Young Adults

Thomas R. Wilson


ALAN Connection

THE BOOK CONNECTION
Virginia Monseau and Gary Salvner, editors

THE TRIVIA CONNECTION
Jim Brewbaker, editor

Answers

THE RESEARCH CONNECTION
Pamela Sissi Carroll, editor

THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION
M. Jerry Weiss, editor

THE LIBRARY CONNECTION
M. Jerry Weiss, editor

THE MEMBERSHIP CONNECTION
Chris Crowe, editor


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 Publisher Connection
M. Jerry Weiss
Jersey City State College

The Book Connection
Gary M. 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 S. 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:
Lois Stover
St. Mary's College, Maryland

Immediate Past President:
Gary M. Salvner
Youngstown State University

President-elect:
Joan Kaywell
University of South Florida

Executive Secretary:
Theodore W. Hipple
University of Tennessee

DIRECTORS

Kylene Beers
Houston, Texas

Pamela Sissi Carroll
Florida State University

Michael Cart
Los Angeles, California

Ted Fabiano
Blue Valley Northwest HS, Kansas

Sara Herz
Westport, Connecticut

Rita Karr
Sykesville Middle School, Maryland

Terry Ley
Auburn University

Bill Mollineaux
Sedgwick MS, West Hartford, CT

Suzanne Reid
Emory & Henry College, Virginia

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