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The power of literature to transform ideas, experiences, and world views
runs through the articles in this issue. As English teachers and
librarians we see literature as a way of "opening" opportunities to see
other people and their lives, to hear their opinions, and to feel their
joys and pains. Young adult literature provides a mirror to view others
and their lives.

[Table of Contents]

Winter 1995

>From The Editors

How I Grew--
YA author considers the effects of racism on teenagers.
Marie G. Lee

An Interview with Ruth White--
Cole investigates with YA author the writing of novels about the
experiences of Appalachian girls.
Pam B. Cole

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

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

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

Hard Religious Questions in Knee-Knock Rise and Tuck Everlasting--
Two Babbitt novels look at religious issues from reversed perspectives.
Joseph O. Milner

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

PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

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

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

THE PUBLISHER CONNECTION

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

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