The Alan Review
Current Editors
Steven Bickmore sbick@lsu.edu
Jacqueline Bach jbach@lsu.edu
Melanie Hundley melanie.hundley@vanderbilt.edu
Volume 23, Number 2
Winter 1996


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Table of Contents

1 From The Editors
Robert C. Small, Jr, Patricia P. Kelly

2 Humor, Seriously
Novelist analyzes the importance of humor in literature and young people's lives.
Joan Bauer

4 Literature in an Interdisciplinary Unit
Middle school teacher describes an interdisciplinary unit on rivers, recommends YA literature where rivers are important actually and symbolically.
David S. Burk

8 Will Weaver: A Grand Slam in His First At-bat
Critic introduces us to an author new to YA literature who uses baseball to explore a family's pain and joy.
Ronald Barron

12 A Transactional Reading of Cynthia Voigt's Jackaroo: The Prophetic Art of Friendly Instruction
Philosopher reads Voigt with some help from John Dewey and Louise Rosenblatt.
Jim Garrison

32 The Truth Will Not Set You Free If You Never Have a Chance To Speak, or a Contradiction in Terms
Teacher explores an Avi novel and the many contradictory perspectives on reality it presents.
Kathleen Brooks

35 Voices of Hawaii in Literature for Adolescents: Getting Past Pineapples and Paradise
YA literature specialist explores books about life in Hawaii, one stereotyped, others with real merit.
Janet E. Benton

40 Homosexuality in Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction: An Annotated Bibliography
Students of YA literature recommend literature including homosexuality and analyses of that literature.
Dave Webunder and Sarah Woodard

49 The Publisher Connection
What Johnny Can't Read: Censorship in American Libraries

Award-winning novelist decries the impact of censorship on the books available to young readers.
Suzanne Fisher Staples


ALAN Connection

23 THE BOOK CONNECTION Virginia Monseau and Gary Salvner, editors
46 THE LIBRARY CONNECTION Betty Carter, editor
49 THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION M. Jerry Weiss, editor
44 THE CENSORSHIP CONNECTION Nancy McCracken, 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).

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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
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:
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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