The Alan Review
Current Editor
Wendy Glenn wendy.glenn@uconn.edu
Volume 22, Number 3
Spring 1995


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Table of Contents

1 From The Editors Patricia P. Kelly

2 Perfect
Best known for her novels and short stories, Asher shares with us a play about sadness and escape.
Sandy Asher

5 Lights in the Windows
Poet and editor of the collection of international poems, This Same Sky, Nye speaks of poetry as sharing and understanding.
Naomi Shihab Nye

7 From Dynamite Dinah to Dinah Forever:
Managing a Character's Growth through a Series

The author of four books about Dinah Seabrooke discusses how she developed her character's growing insights into herself and the world around her.
Claudia Mills

11 Reflections on Multi-culturalism and the Tower of PsychoBabble
Levy, teacher of books from many cultures and author of novels that explore cultural differences, reflects on the impact of literature on the cultural understanding of its readers.
Marilyn Levy

16 A Sense of Place in Dori Sander's Clover
Clover is a novel that reflects both Southern identification with place and a resolution of the clash of white and black cultures in the New South.
Laura M. Zaidman

19 Signs in Speare's The Sign of the Beaver
A Native American boy and a white settler boy learn to respect each other's culture through an understanding of the roles that signs-graphic, oral, and written-play in human societies.
Ann Mosley

31 Exploring Prejudice in Young Adult Literature through Drama and Role Play
Acting out scenes from or implied in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry can help students to understand prejudice.
Barbara T. Bontempo

34 Death and Drama of The Pigman
Transforming The Pigman into a drama can give students a profound understanding of both the literary elements of the novel and what it has to say about human relationships.
Larry Russick

38 YA Literature Trivia questions

Answers

39 A Cautionary Tale
When high school students, college students, and teachers are asked to write to a prompt, they rarely write aobut literature, almost never about YA literature.
Silver Stanfill

40 The Diversity Connections
Growing Up, Reaching Out: Multiculturalism through Young Adult Literature and Films

Through films, novels, letters, and other media, young readers can discover the value of multicultralism.
Gretchen Schwarz


ALAN Connection

23 THE BOOK CONNECTION Virginia Monseau and Gary Salvner, editors
40 THE DIVERSITY CONNECTION Ronn Hopkins, editor
44 THE LIBRARY CONNECTION Betty Carter, editor
48 THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION M. Jerry Weiss, editor
51 THE MEMBERSHIP CONNECTION Kay Parks Bushman, 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.

For more complete information on submitting manuscripts, send for Instructions for Authors, ALAN Review.

Subscription rates are $15 per year in the U.S. and $19 per (U.S. funds) in other countries. Membership applications and renewals should be sent to ALAN c/o NCTE, Attn. William Subick, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801. For information contact NCTE at 217/328-3870.


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
Youngstown State University

Gary Salvner
Youngstown State University

The Membership Connection
Kay Parks Bushman
Ottawa High School, Ottawa, KS

The Research Connection
Pamela Sissi Carroll
Florida State University

The Censorship Connection
Nancy McCracken
Kent State University

The Diversity Connection
Ronn Hopkins
Norfolk State University

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:
Diana Mitchell
Sexton High School, Lansing, MI

Immediate Past President:
Virginia Monseau
Youngstown State University

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

Executive Secretary:
Theodore W. Hipple
University of Tennessee

DIRECTORS

John H. (Jack) Bushman
University of Kansas

Patricia Campbell
Twayne Publishers

Chris Crowe
Brigham Young University

Rosemary Ingham
Belmont University

John Mason
Scholastic, Inc.

Lois Stover
Towson State University

Alan Teasley
Durham, North Carolina, Schools

Ann Wilder
Southern High School, Durham, NC

Connie Zitlow
Ohio Wesleyan University


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