Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE
ALAN Workshop 2011 Day 2
ALAN Workshop 2011: ALAN members eagerly await Tuesday's line-up of speakers
Photo by Don Gallo

Breaking News: 2012 ALAN Workshop Program
Get ready to escape into the world of young adult literature for an awesome 46 hours - done like only ALAN can do it!

Reaching Them All, ALAN Has Books for Everyone
ALAN WORKSHOP 2012 - Las Vegas, Nevada

17 November, 2012, ALAN Breakfast
18 November, 2012, Author Reception

19, 20 November, 2012, the ALAN Workshop

Because I cannot wait any longer to give you the most recent workshop line up (and notice I did not say final line up, as there will be changes I am sure), I  have asked our wonderful newsletter editor Anne McLeod to send out an extra newsletter and she has agreed. Please enjoy this early debut schedule, and don't forget to make your ALAN workshop reservations through NCTE at

cj Bott, President
Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE 


ALAN Workshop 2012
Monday Panels
Tuesday Panels

Monday, November 19  

7:30-8:00 Registration

8:00-8:15 Welcome cj Bott, ALAN 2012 President
8:15-8:40 "Reaching Them All, ALAN has Books for Everyone."
Teri Lesesne, ALAN Executive Director

8:40-9:15 Fantasy
Shannon Hale, Princess Academy, Courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing
Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys, Courtesy of Scholastic
Rae Carson, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Courtesy of Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers
Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue, Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers Group
Chaired by: Karen Hildebrand, Ashland University, Ashland, OH


9:15-9:50 Mysteries  Charlie Price, Desert Angel, Courtesy of Macmillan
Paul Griffin,  Burning Blue, Courtesy of Dial/Penguin Young Readers Group
Todd Strasser, Kill You Last, Courtesy of Egmont
Robin Wasserman, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Courtesy of Random House
Chaired by: Angela Beumer Johnson, Wright State University, Dayton, OH   

9:50-10:25 Humor, Giggles, and Snide Remarks
David Lubar, Beware the Ninja Weenies, and Other Warped and Creepy Tales, Courtesy of TOR
Seth Rudetsky, My Awful Popularity Plan, Courtesy of Random House
Joe Schreiber, Perry's European Playlist, Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Joan Bauer, Almost Home, Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers Group
Chaired by: Jeff Kaplan, University of Central Florida 

10:25-10:40 Break

10:40-11:15 Middle School Panel
Xavier Garza, Maximilian: The Mystery of the Guardian Angel, Courtesy of Cinco Puntos
Amy Gordon, The Shadow Collector's Apprentice, Courtesy of Holiday House
Stacey Kade, Body & Soul, Courtesy of Hyperion
Sharon G. Flake, Takedown, Courtesy of Scholastic
Chaired by: Jon Ostenson, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Library  LibraryLibrary

11:15-11:50 LGBTQ -- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Courtesy of HarperCollins
Ilike Merey, a & e forever, Courtesy of Lethe Press
Julie Anne Peters, Our Prom (So Deal With It), Courtesy of Little, Brown
Leslea Newman, October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, Courtesy of Candlewick
Chaired by: Cleo Rahmy, Portland Secondary Schools, Portland, CT

11:50-12:50 Lunch

12:50-1:50 Educator Breakouts

1. Finding Spaces for Young Adult Literature in the Federally Mandated Classroom
Cheryl North-Coleman, University of Maryland
Barbara Jones, Richlands Middle School, Richlands, Virginia
Nancy Rankie Shelton, University of Maryland

2. Visual Vibes: Tapping Into The Power Of Graphic Reads and Responses
Carrie Dawson, Marana High School, Tucson, AZ
Marney Welmers, Tortolita Middle School, Tucson, AZ

3. "Bookends"-- Teens Promoting Reading to Teens through a School/Library Television Show Partnership
Diane Tuccillo, Harmony Library, Poudre River Public Library, District, Fort, Collins, CO 

4. Sharp Stories without The Edge: Powerful YA Books for Sensitive Readers
Chris Crowe, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Jon Ostenson, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

5. "He's Just So Strange!" Life on the Spectrum in Y.A. Books and in the Classroom
Lois Stover, St. Mary's College of Maryland
David Finkelman, St. Mary's College of Maryland

6. Confessions of Literacy Teachers: Middle School Teachers Pushing the Boundaries
Emily Pendergrass, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Stephanie Carr, Wright Middle School, Nashville, TN

7. It's All in the Telling: Multicultural YA Lit and the Literary Aesthetic
Wendy Glenn, University of Connecticut
Ricki Ginsberg, Rockville High School, Vernon, CT
Jillian Zabrocky, University of Connecticut

8. Full Steampunk Ahead: A National Consortium for Teaching Young Adult Literature through Technology
James Blasingame, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Cynthia Nicholson, Griffin High School, Griffin, GA
Meredith DeCosta-Smith, Arizona State University
Corrine Gordon, Brown Mackie College, Phoenix, AZ
Mary Powell, Phoenix North High School, AZ

9. Many Books to Reach and Teach Them All: Using YA Literature to Prepare Pre-Service Teachers for Working with Adolescents Across Content Areas
Sean Kottke, The Robert B. Miller College, Battle Creek, MI
Kristine Gritter, Seattle Pacific University
Denise Ives, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tara Nappi, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Deborah Van Duinen, Hope College, Holland, MI

1:50-1:55 Poet Sonya Sones, Poet, Author, Performance Artist, Courtesy of Simon and Schuster
Introduced by Melanie Hundley, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

1:55-2:30 Wild & Crazy Teen Librarians

Teresa Parham, Milpitas Public Library, CA
Don Phillips, Adult & Teen Services Librarian, Pleasanton Public Library, CA
Christina Getrost, Librarian, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, OH
Walter Mayes, Library Media Specialist, The Girls' Middle School, Palo Alto, CA
Chaired by: Mary Arnold, Public Services Supervisor, Maple Heights Library, OH

2:30-3:05 Children of the World
Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down, Courtesy of HarperCollins
Deborah Ellis, My Name Is Parvana, Courtesy of Groundwood Books
Eric Walters, When Elephants Fight, Courtesy of Orca Books
Chaired by: Don Gallo, Editor, Solon, OH


3:05-3:20 Break

3:20- 3:55 Love Stories
Beth Ann Bauman, Jersey Angel, Courtesy of Random House
Deborah Cooner, Skinny, Courtesy of Scholastic
Deborah Blumenthal, The Lifeguard, Courtesy of Albert Whitman
Gabrielle Zevin, Because It Is My Blood, Courtesy of Macmillan
Chaired by Daria Plumb, Riverside Academy, Dundee, MI



3:55-4:15 Benjamin Alire Saenz
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Courtesy of Simon & Schuster
Introduced by: Rene Salda´┐Ża, author and educator, College of Education, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

4:15-4:45 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Panel

Ricki Ginsberg, chair, Rockville High School, Vernon, CT
Award winners will be announced closer to workshop.

4:45-4:50 Closing - Sonya Sones & cj Bott


Tuesday, November 20

8:00-8:15 Membership Chair & TAR Editors
Karin Perry, Sam Houston State University, TX
Steve Bickmore, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Jacqueline Bach, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Melanie Hundley, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

8:15-8:45 Fascinated with Serial Killers
  Lyga, I Hun t Killers, Courte sy of Little, Brown  
Dan Wells, I Don't Want To Kill You, Courtesy of TOR
Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer, Courtesy of Abrams  Chaired by: Jeff Harr, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Kent, OH

8:45-9:20 Graphic Novels
Faith Erin Hicks, Friends with Boys, Courtesy of Macmillian
Mark Siegel, Sailor Twain, Courtesy of First Second
Dave Roman, Teen Boat, Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Raina Telgemeier, Drama, Courtesy of Scholastic
Chaired by: James Bucky Carter, University of Texas at El Paso

9:20-9:55 Nonfiction
Gaby Rodriguez, The Pregnancy Project, Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Anita Silvey, The Plant Hunters, Courtesy of Macmillan
Greitens, The Warrior's Heart, Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nell Beram, Yoko Ono, Collector of Skies, Courtesy of Amulet Books
Chaired by: Jennifer Buehler, Saint Louis University, MO 

9:55-10:10 Break 

10:10-10:15 Sonya Sones, Poet, Author, Performance Artist,
Courtesy of Simon and Schuster 
10:15-10:50 Science Fiction
Marissa Meyer, Cinder, Courtesy of Macmillan
Malinda Po, Adaptation, Courtesy of Little, Brown
Beth Revis, A Million Suns, Courtesy of Penguin
Scott Westerfeld, Goliath (Leviathan series), Courtesy of Simon & Schuster
Chaired by: Walter Mayes, The Girls' Middle School, Palo Alto, CA

10:50-11:25 ALAN Confronts Censorship
Jim Blasingame, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Wendy Glenn, SpeakLoudly, University of Connecticut

:25-11:45 Lois Lowry, The Son, Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduced by: Barb Ward, Washington State University Pullman


11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-12:50 Sonya Sones, Poet, Author, Performance Artist, Courtesy of Simon and Schuster

12:50-1:25 Dystopias
Mike Mullin, Ashwinter, Courtesy of Tanglewood
Kat Falls, The Fetch, Courtesy of Scholastic
Isamu Fukui, Truancy City, Courtesy of TOR
Marie Lu, Legend, Courtesy of Putman/Penguin
Chaired by: Karin Perry, Sam Houston State University, TX


Library1:25-2:00 War in Our Daily Lives
Jessi Kirby, In Honor, Courtesy of Simon & Schuster
Corrine Jackson, If I Lie, Courtesy of Simon Pulse
E.M. Kokie, Personal Effects, Courtesy of Candlewick
Trish Dollar, Something Like Normal, Courtesy of Bloomsbury
Chaired by: Sean Kottke, The Robert B. Miller College, Battle Creek, MI

2:00-2:35 cj's favorites: Tender Tellings
Kate Ellison, Butterfly Clues, Courtesy of Egmont
Jo Knowles, See You at Harry's, Courtesy of Candlewick
Blue Balliett, Hold Fast, Courtesy of Scholastic
Susan Vaught, Freaks Like Us, Courtesy of Bloomsbury
Chaired by: Shannon Collins, Corner Stone Middle School, Cookeville, TN

2:40-3:40 Author Breakouts

1. Issues on Social Justice
Ann Angel, chair, Courtesy of Abrams
Varian Johnson, Courtesy of Random House
Peter Marion, Courtesy of Holiday House
J.L. Powers, Courtesy of Cinco Puntos

2. Writing for the Child in the Mirror
David Macinnis Gill, chair, Courtesy of HarperCollins
Robin Wasserman, Courtesy of Random House
Alan Gratz, Courtesy of Random House

3. Why Teens Love Science Fiction
Mary Arnold, chair, Public Services Supervisor, Maple Heights Library, OH
Isamu Fukui, Courtesy of TOR
Mary Pearson, Courtesy of HenryHolt/Macmillian
Kat Falls, Courtesy of Scholastic

4. Adverb Fight Club: Strengthening Writing through Critique
JJ Johnson, chair, Courtesy of Peachtree
Stephen Messner, Random House
John Claude Bemis, Random House
Jennifer Harrod, card-carrying member, Adverb Fight Club

5. Creating Ripples: Writing for Kids in the Middle
Kate Messner chair, Courtesy of Scholastic and Walker/Bloomsbury
Blue Balliett, Courtesy of Scholastic
Jody Feldman, Courtesy of HarperCollins
Rebecca Stead, Courtesy of Random House
Jo Knowles, Courtesy of Candlewick

6. Religion: The Last Taboo of YA Literature
Francisco X. Stork chair, Courtesy of AAL/Scholastic
Donna Freitas, Courtesy of Knopf
Deborah Heiligman, Courtesy of Knopf

7. Questioning Why LGBTQ is Absent in ELA Classrooms
Joan Kaywell, chair, University of South Florida,
Paula Taylor-Greathouse, co-chair, University of South Florida
Catherine Ryan Hyde, Courtesy of Random House
Steve Brezenoff, Courtesy of Carolrhoda LAB/Lerner Publishing

8. In My Own Mirror
Lynne Alvine, chair, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
Sharon G. Flake, Courtesy of Scholastic

9. Smells Like Teen Spirit--Teenage Angst and Alienation in Realistic YA Fiction
Steve Bickmore, chair, Louisiana State University
Kate Youngblood, co-chair, Louisiana State University
David Levithan, author, Editor, Scholastic
Frank Portman, author, Delacorte Press
E. Lockhart, author, Delacorte Press, Hyperion

3:45-3:50 Wrap up - cj Bott & Intro of ALAN 40th President, Jeff Kaplan

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