ALAN v24n3 - Table of Contents

Volume 24, Number 3
Spring 1997

Table of Contents

1 From the Editors
Robert Small and Patricia Kelly

2 In the Beginning Was the . . .

Richard Peck

Noted writer discusses the importance of words and suggests ways in which teachers can improve their students' vocabularies.

5 On the Question of Integrating Young Adult Literature into the Mainstream

Terry Davis

Using his own novels and those of Crutcher, writer Terry Davis considers the harm that is sometimes done to literature labeled YA.

10 An Adult Reads Chris Crutcher

Susannah Sheffer

An analysis of two of Crutcher's novels reveals complex teenage and adult characters who represent his view of both evil and good.

12 Re-inventing What Our Lives Give Us: Conversations with Paul Janeczko - Poet, Anthologist, and Teacher
Patricia L. Bloem and Anthony Manna

Janeczko discusses the art of creating poetry anthologies and the art of reading and teaching poetry.

17 Finding Your Way Home: Orphan Stories in Young Adult Literature

Dirk P. Mattson

Northrop Frye's stages of the orphan as literary archetype are applied to four YA novels.

22 Into the Woods Again: Three Recent Young Adult Novels of Parental Abandonment

Gail Munde

Novels by Hermes, Thesman, and Sebestyen tell a modern version of the Hansel and Gretel story.

36 Emerging into Independence: The Self and the Culture in Lesley Beake's Song of Be

Stephenie Yearwood

Beake's novel presents a culture very different from that of young readers in this country but recounts growth and development in many ways similar.

40 Opening Texts: Student Writing Based on "Priscilla and the Wimps"
Gwen McAlpine, Dawn Putney, and Janice Warren

" Dependent authorship" can be effective both in teaching writing and in promoting careful reading.

42 Acting Up across the Curriculum: Using Creative Dramatics To Explore Adolescent Literature

Jeffrey Kaplan

Kaplan explores acting in the lives of teens and proposes many ways of using it in the reading of literature.


47 A Review of From Hinton to Hamlet by Sarah K. Herz and Donald R. Gallo

Joyce L. Graham


51 Scott O'Dell Award Acceptance Speech

Katherine Paterson

ALAN Connection

27 The Book Connection , Virginia Monseau and Gary Salvner, editors

46 The Trivia Connection , James Brewbaker, editor


48 The Diversity Connection , Eileen Oliver, editor

51 The Publisher Connection , M. Jerry Weiss, editor

53 The Library Connection , Betty Carter, editor

57 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.


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 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


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



Gary Salvner

Youngstown State University

Immediate Past President:

Arthea "Charlie" Reed

Asheville, North Carolina


Lois Stover

St. Mary College, Maryland

Executive Secretary:

Theodore W. Hipple

University of Tennessee


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

ISSN: 0882-2840