The Alan Review
Wendy Glenn, Senior Editor
Ricki Ginsberg, Assistant Editor
Danielle King, Assistant Editor
Volume 25, Number 3
Spring 1998

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From the Editors
Patricia Kelly and Robert Small

Acceptance Speech for the 1997 ALAN Award
Mildred Taylor

At the 1997 ALAN Breakfast, Mildred Taylor's cousins, Sharon B. Taylor and Sonia Taylor, read these thought-provoking words of thanks for the award.

The Problem Novel in a Conservative Age
A. C. LeMieux

The author of The TV Guidance Counselor and other novels considers both the writing of and current attacks on YA problem novels.

Japanese and Japanese American Youth in Literature
Connie S. Zitlow and Lois Stover

These authors explore the wealth of literature by and about Japan and Japanese Americans, present a structure for a literature unit, and annotate both works of literature and reference and teaching materials.

A Bridge to Whose Future? Young Adult Literature and the Asian American Teenager
Peter E. Morgan

Writer examines YA novels with Asian American main characters who rebel against the traditional culture of parents.

The Young Adult Novels of Michael Dorris
Jim Charles

Charles explores Dorris' depiction of the American Indian adolescent experience.

Drowning in Dichotomy:
Interpreting The Drowning of Stephan Jones

Patrick K. Finnessy

Finnessy presents a negative critique of the Betty Greene novel.

Inclusion Literature:
A Resource Lisiting

Sharon Andrews

A teacher educator makes the case for the use of literature about characters with disabilities and provides an extensive list of such works.

Eating Disorders:
A Recollection and a Review of Some Relevant Young Adult Fiction

Elizabeth M. Myers

Using her own experiences with eating disorders, Myers looks at several YA novels that treat the problem.

The Portrayal of Obese Adolescents
Rachel Beineke

Beineke takes a personal approach to the lives of overweight teenagers and suggests some YA novels that explore such lives.

Capital Punishment for Juveniles:
Albert French's Billy

Sonja Darlington

Darlington analyzes French's exploration of this country's use of capital punishment for young criminals and the underlying causes of Billy's execution.


Not for Wimps! Using Drama To Enrich the Reading of YA Literature
Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
Drama, Wilhelm maintains, should pervade the activities that students carry out with and about the literature they read.


Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
Barbara FoulksBoyd

ALAN Connection

Gary Salvner, editor

Eileen I. Oliver, editor

M. Jerry Weiss, editor

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.

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.

Patricia P. Kelly
Virginia Tech
Robert C. Small, Jr.
Radford University


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


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


Lois Stover
St. Mary's College, Maryland

Immediate Past President:
Gary M. Salvner
Youngstown State University

Joan Kaywell
University of South Florida

Executive Secretary:
Theodore W. Hipple
University of Tennessee


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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