The Alan Review
Editors:
Wendy Glenn, Senior Editor
Ricki Ginsberg, Assistant Editor
Danielle King, Assistant Editor
alan-review@uconn.edu
Volume 24, Number 2
Winter 1997


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Table of Contents

1 From the Editors Robert Small and Patricia Kelly

3 Controversial Issues in the Lives of Contemporary Young Adults Shelley Stoehr

Novelist discusses the roles that controversial subjects play in her novels and in the literature and lives of young readers.

6 "Writing My Way Home": An Interview with Graham Salisbury Janet Benton

Author of an ALAN Review article on Hawaiian literature interviews Hawaiian writer on his work.

12 Please, Tell Me the Secret: Revisiting Robert Newton Peck Jeanne M. Gerlach and Sati Maharaj-Boggs

Using a discussion of the points Peck makes about the art of writing in his Secrets of Successful Fiction,young adult literature teachers provide an analysis of his fiction.

16 Ethical Dilemmas in Teaching Problem Novels: The Psychological Impact of Troubling YA Literature on Adolescent Readers in the Classroom Suzanne Reid and Sharon Stringer

Though opposed to censorship, Reid and Stringer consider three categories of dilemmas that teachers face when considering the use of works that deal with sensitive subjects.

19 TEACHING STRATEGIES
The Write Combination Paula Y. Main

Ninth grade students turned into readers and writers through the use of YA novels and buddy journals.

31 RESEARCH REPORTS
Reaching Reluctant Readers: The Student Teacher On-Line Mentoring Project Teri S. Lesesne with Lois Buckman, Cathy Caves, and Bonnie Day

Students in a YA literature class and middle school students read novels, meet to discuss them, and communicate regularly by email.

36 Methods Students Write about Young Adult Literature with a Tenth-Grade Learning Strategies Class Kathleen Carico

42 A Book Correspondence Project with University Methods Students Wendy Laughton

A college teacher of a YA literature class and an English teacher share their perspectives on a joint project involving their students.

46 THE CENSORSHIP CONNECTION
Shhhh!
Norma Fox Mazer

Novelist discusses the impact on her of being disinvited to speak to students at a school and considers the implications of such reactions to literature and its authors.


ALAN Connection

22 THE CLIP AND FILES, Virginia R. Monseau and Gary Salvner, editors

41 THE TRIVIA CONNECTION Jim Brewbaker, editor

Answers

46 THE CENSORSHIP CONNECTION Nancy McCracken, editor

49 THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION M. Jerry Weiss, editor

51 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.

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 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:
Gary Salvner
Youngstown State University

Immediate Past President:
Arthea "Charlie" Reed
Asheville, North Carolina

President-elect:
Lois Stover
St. Mary College, Maryland

Executive Secretary:
Theodore W. Hipple
University of Tennessee

DIRECTORS

Kylene Beers
Houston, Texas

Pamela Sissi Carroll
Florida State University

Chris Crowe
Brigham Young University

Ted Fabiano
Blue Valley Northwest HS, Kansas

Rita Karr
Sykesville Middle School, Maryland

Terry Ley
Auburn University

Suzanne Reid
Emory & Henry College, Virginia

Ann Wilder
Southern High School, Durham, NC

Connie Zitlow
Ohio Wesleyan University


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