ALAN Volume 22, Number 2 - Table of Contents

Volume 22, Number 2
Winter 1995

Table of Contents

1 From The Editors

2 How I Grew

YA author considers the effects of racism on teenagers.
Marie G. Lee

4 An Interview with Ruth White

Cole investigates with YA author the writing of novels about the experiences of Appalachian girls.
Pam B. Cole

8 If You Can't Beat 'em, Join 'em: Using the Romance Series To Confront Gender Stereotypes

ALAN President looks at ways of using popular romance series to explore gender stereotypes.
Diana Mitchell

10 Dreams, Guys, Lies, and Occasionally Books: The Young Women of the Freshman Dorm Series

Writer analyzes the picture of women in college in a popular romance series.
Joyce A. Litton

14 The Mother/Daughter Relationships in Young Adult Fiction

Women struggle to establish an independent relationship with their mothers, and some YA novels depict that struggle.
Frances A. Nadeau

18 Hard Religious Questions in Knee-Knock Rise and Tuck Everlasting

Two Babbitt novels look at religious issues from reversed perspectives.
Joseph O. Milner

20 The Treatment of Religion and the Independent Investigation of Spiritual Truth in Fiction for Young Adults

Religion is important in the lives of young adults, and a small but important number of YA novels explore that religious involvement.
Dara Gay Shaw


32 The Young Adult Literature Course: Young Readers Teach Prospective Teachers about Reading Interests and Reading Response

A YA Lit instructor teams her class with a teacher of young adults to promote insight for their students.
Marjorie Kaiser

36 Molding the Minds of the Young: The History of Bibliotherapy as Applied to Children and Adolescents

Bibliotherapy has been around for centuries but has evolved into today's use of YA novels.
Lauren Myracle


44 Different Is Just Different

Newbery Award-winning author discusses the role that YA novels play in bridging wide gaps in students' understanding of people in other cultures.
Suzanne Fisher Staples

ALAN Connection

23 THE BOOK CONNECTION Virginia Monseau and Gary Salvner, editors
41 THE CENSORSHIP CONNECTION Nancy McCracken, editor
46 THE LIBRARY CONNECTION Betty Carter, editor
44 THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION M. Jerry Weiss, editor
52 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


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


Diana Mitchell
Sexton High School, Lansing, MI

Immediate Past President:
Virginia Monseau
Youngstown State University

President Elect:
Arthea "Charlie" Reed
University of North Carolina-Asheville

Executive Secretary:
Theodore W. Hipple
University of Tennessee


John H. (Jack) Bushman
University of Kansas

Patricia Campbell
Twayne Publishers

Chris Crowe
Brigham Young University

Rosemary Ingham
Belmont University

John Mason
Scholastic, Inc.

Lois Stover
Towson State University

Alan Teasley
Durham, North Carolina, Schools

Ann Wilder
Southern High School, Durham, NC

Connie Zitlow
Ohio Wesleyan University