ALAN Volume 23, Number 3 - Table of Contents

Volume 23, Number 3
Spring 1996

1996 ALAN Workshop: Exploding the Canon

Table of Contents

1 From the Editors Robert Small and Patricia Kelly

2 Finding a Voice

The author of Freak the Mighty discusses writing novels and what it's like to be a sixth grader.
Rodman Philbrick

6 The Literature of Vietnam and Afghanistan: Exploring War and Peace with Adolescents

Reading and discussing Myers' Fallen Angels and Yermakov's Afghan Tales , students come to see two unpopular wars as having much in common, including the pain returning soldiers suffered.
Francis E. Kazemek

10 The Power of Foreign Young Adult Literature

Using YA literature from other countries or set in other countries can open the eyes of young readers to commonalities of experiences with different cultures.
Gretchen Schwarz

13 A Multicultural Literature Bibliography

A school librarian annotates award-winning YA literature set in a diversity of countries and cultures.
Judy McDonald

16 Ursula LeGuin's Magical World of Earthsea

The trilogy plus one of LeGuin reflects her belief in Taoist philosophy as well as her skill in telling stories of magic and adventure.
Jan M. Griffin

20 The Morphing of Mollie Hunter

Comparisons between Hunter's fantasy novels and current science fiction films, such as The Terminator, reveal a basis in Celtic folklore.
Betty Greenway

22 YA Literature Trivia


34 Spiritual Themes in Young Adult Books

Adolescence is a time of searching for understanding and literature that deals with a diversity of spirituality can support that search.
K. L. Mendt

38 Responding to Young Adult Fiction through Writing Poetry

Capturing a YA novel in shaped, found, or structured poetry gives students ways to tell others what the novel meant to them.
Gerrit Bleeker and Barbara Bleeker

41 English Teachers, Mothers, and Metaphors

John Moore explores the role of a prosaic mother and a splendidly metaphoric teacher in shaping a young woman's life.
John Noell Moore

46 Better Than Life: A Review Essay

ALAN Executive Secretary praises a book that promotes reading for itself, not reading for tests, completion of books, or any other extraneous reason.
Ted Hipple

An Under-utilized Resource: Values Education and the Older YA Novel

Author of many YA novels of distinction, including Grounding of Group Six , Thompson looks at YA novels written some years ago that explore values, in the lives of adolescents and in lives in general.
Julian F. Thompson

Thoughts of a Teacher/Author

Moore shares how she became a writer of YA fiction.
Martha Moore

ALAN Connection

25 THE BOOK CONNECTION Virginia Monseau and Gary Salvner, editors
47 THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION M. Jerry Weiss, editor
50 THE LIBRARY CONNECTION Betty Carter, editor
53 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.


Patricia P. Kelly
Virginia Tech

Robert C. Small, Jr.
Radford University


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

The Trivia Column
Jim Brewbaker
Columbus 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


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


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