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ALAN Online News - September 2013
Special Workshop Panel Preview
If you aren't already registered for the 2013 ALAN Workshop in Boston, it's time to sign up. This issue of ALAN Online News is a special preview of all the great panels, talks, and breakouts participants can expect this year. You can find additional information on the website

From the breakfast on Saturday morning with Walter Dean Myers and Judy Blume to the authors' reception Sunday evening (more on that in next month's newsletter) and on to two days of immersion in the world of young adult literature, ALAN President Jeffrey Kaplan and the workshop committee have put together a program celebrating ALAN's 40 years of advocacy for books that speak to teens. We'll  remember groundbreaking YA authors and salute a new generation of writers whose work will take us through the next four decades. You won't want to miss it so register soon.

An added bonus: A full membership, including all three 2014 issues of the ALAN Review, is free to all paid workshop registrants - what a great deal! 

Anne McLeod
Editor, ALAN Online News
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Monday, November 25, 2013


7:15-8:00 AM Registration


8:00-8:10 AM Welcome by Jeff Kaplan, ALAN 2012-2013 President          


8:10-8:30 Jack Gantos (Macmillan), Keynote Speaker

Introduced by Teri Lesesne,  ALAN Executive Director, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX



8:30-9:05  AM Celebrating Fantasy

Enchanting Reads: Encountering the Magical Worlds of Young Adult Books

Tamora Pierce, Battle Magic (Scholastic)
A.G. Howard,  Splintered & Unhinged (Abrams) 

Holly Black, Doll Bones (Simon & Schuster)

Nancy Werlin,  Unthinkable (Penguin)

Chaired by Laura Renzi,  ALAN Board Member, West Chester University, West Chester, PA




Remembering Robert Cormier

Connie Zitlow, ALAN President (1999-2000), Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH


9:05-9:40 Celebrating Mysteries 

Intrigue and Romance: Uncovering Secrets and More in Mystery Books for Teens

Megan Frazer Blakemore, The Water Castle (Bloomsbury)
Michaela MacColl, Nobody's Secret (Chronicle)  
Julie Berry, All the Truth That's In Me (Penguin) 
Andrea Cremer, Nightshade (Penguin)

Chaired by Shannon Collins, Cornerstone Middle School, Baxter, TN




9:40 - 9:55 AM  - Break


9:55 - 10:30 AM - Celebrating Humor

Tickling One's Funny Bone: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous in YA Lit

Gordon Korman, The Hypnotists Book I: Hypnotize Me (Scholastic)

Bruce Hale, School for Spies: Playing With Fire (Disney)

Gina D'Amico, Rogue (Houghton Mifflin)

Lindsey Leavitt, Going Vintage (Bloomsbury)

Chaired by David Gill, ALAN President (2007-08), HarperCollins Childrens Books




Remembering Paula Danziger

Lois Stover, ALAN President 1997-98, Marymount University, Arlington, VA  


10:30 - 11:05 AM  - Celebrating Dystopia

The Future is Ours! Daring to Disturb the Universe and Other Dark Adventures

Neal Shusterman, Unsouled (Simon and Schuster)

Cristin Terrill, All Our Yesterdays (Disney)

Jeff Hirsch, The Darkest Path (Scholastic)

Kathleen Simmons, Article 5 (Tor)

Chaired by Barb Ward, ALAN Board Member, Washington State University, Pullman, WA




11:05 - 12 PM - Author Breakouts             

1. 1   Examining the Culture of Sports: 40 Years of Ball in YAL

Alan Brown, Moderator, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Chris Crowe, Brigham Young University

Robert Lipsyte (Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books)

Chris Crutcher (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)

Joshua C. Cohen (Penguin/Dutton)


1.2.  Difficult Stories: The Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time

Diane Mankowski, Moderator, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, IL

Megan Frazer Blakemore, Author of The Water Castle (Walker) and Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Disney-Hyperion)


1.3 Introducing "Junior Noir": A Funny, Fun Walk on the Dark Side

Erin Dionne, Author (Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers)

Jack Ferriaolo, Author (Amulet Books)


1.4.  Coming of Age, Then and Now: The Truth Remains the Same

Lee Ann Spillane, Moderator, Cypress Creek High, Orlando, FL

Beth Fehlbaum, Author (WestSide Books)

Selene Castrovilla, Author (WestSide Books, Boyds Mills Press)

Shannon Delany, Author (St. Martin's Press, Leap Books, Month 9 Books)

Kelly Milner Halls, Author (Chronicle Books, Millbrook/Lerner)

Ellen Hopkins, Author (Simon & Schuster)

Jeri Smith-Ready, Author (Simon & Schuster)


1.5. Using a Contemporary New Release, Monument 14, to Inspire Reading and Connect to CCSS

Sally Kruger, Moderator, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

Emmy Laybourne, Author (Macmillan)


1.6. Bullying and Young Adult Books: The Real Bette Greene's Verbal Karate

Elizabeth Scanlon, Moderator, Cypress Creek High School, Orlando, FL

Bette Greene, Summer of My German Soldier, The Drowning of Stephen Jones, and

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe


1.7.  It's Complicated: Diverse Authors Visit the Classics

Edith Campbell, Moderator, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

Lynn Miller-Lachmann, Rogue (Penguin)

Kekla Magoon, Fire in the Streets (Simon & Schuster)

Rene Salda�a Jr, Juventud! Growing Up on the Border: Stories and Poems (VAO)


1.8. Truth and Fantasy: LGBTQ and My Most Excellent Year

Crag Hill, Moderator, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Steve Kluger, My Most Excellent Year (Penguin)

Beth Buyserie, Washington State University, Pullman, WA


1.9.   Past & Present: Southern Voices of YA Literature

Joan Kaywell, Speaker & Moderator, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Shannon Hitchcock, The Ballad of Jessie Pearl (Namelos)

Alan Gratz, The League of Seven (Tor/Starscape)

Myra McEntire, Hourglass series (Egmont)

Beth Revis, Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel (Penguin)


12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch                  


1:00 - 1:20 PM - Chris Crutcher  "Can We Be Fucking Real?" (HarperCollins)

Introduced by Pam Cole,  Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia  



1:20 - 1:55 PM Celebrating Novels of Contemporary Problems

Waking to the Moment: Applauding All That Is Real and Edgy in Teen Novels

Lauren Myracle, The Infinite Moment of Us (Abrams)

Cal Armistead, Being Henry David (Albert Whitman)

Shirley Reva Vernick, Remember Dippy (Cinco Puntos)

Sarah Dessen, The Moon and More (Penguin)

Chaired by Karen Hildebrand, Delaware City Schools, Delaware, OH 




Remembering  Virginia Hamilton

Chris Crowe, ALAN President 2001-2002, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT


1:55 - 2:30 PM  -  Celebrating Coming of Age Novels

Wide Awake and Nearly Famous: The Here and Now in Books for Today's Teens 

Alan Sitomer, Caged Warrior (Disney/Hyperion)

Joan Bauer, Close to Famous (Penguin)

Kathryn Erskine, Seeing Red, (Scholastic)

Meg Rosoff,  Moose Baby (Penguin)

Chaired by Daria Plumb, ALAN Merchandise Co-Chair, Riverside Academy, Dundee, MI




2:30-3:00 Celebrating Librarians & Media Specialists                   

People Pushing Books Daily: Great Folks to Know, A Wonderful Place to Be

Robin Brenner, The Public Library of Brookline, Brookline, Massachusetts

Diane Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, Colorado

Walter Mayes, The Girls' Middle School, Palo Alto, CA

Chaired by Walter Mayes, ALAN President-Elect (2013-14), The Girls' Middle School, Palo Alto, CA

3:00 - 3:15 PM Break 


3:15 - 3:50  PM Celebrating Graphic Novels

Picture This: Relishing Vivid Portraits and Crackling Dialogue  
Gene Yang, Boxers (Macmillan)

Gareth Hinds, Romeo and Juliet (Candlewick)

Swati Avasthi, Chasing Shadows (Random House)

Sheila Keenan, The Dogs of War (Scholastic)

Chaired by James "Bucky" Carter, ALAN Board Member, Washington State University, Pullman, WA


Remembering Paul Zindel

Don Gallo, ALAN President 1997-1998, Author/Editor, Solon, OH


3:50 - 4:10 PM Jacqueline Woodson (Penguin)

Introduced by: Lois Stover, ALAN President (1997-98), Marymount University, Arlington, VA              



4:10 - 4:30 PM Celebrating That First Unexpected Relationship

Real Dialogue: Handling Life and a First Love

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park (Macmillan)

Bill Koningsberg, Openly Straight (Scholastic)

Chaired by cj Bott, ALAN President (2011-12), Educator/Consultant, Solon, OH



4:30 - 5:00 PM Amelia Elizabeth Walton Award Panel          

The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award honors exemplary titles published in 2012 that have strong literary merit, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life.  

Lois Buckman, Chair, 2013 AEW Award committee


2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner 

The Fault in our Stars (Penguin) by John Green



2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Honor Books

Endangered  (Scholastic) by Eliot Schrefer

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Simon & Schuster) by Benjamin Alire S�enz 

Ask the Passengers (Little, Brown & Co.) by A.S. King



5:00 PM - Closing

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


8:00-8:15 AM Membership Chair & TAR Editors                              

Karin Perry, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

Steve Bickmore, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Jacqueline Bach, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Melanie Hundley, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


8:15-8:35 AM Laurie Halse Anderson (Penguin)

Introduced by Gary Salvner, ALAN Executive Director 2000-2010, Youngstown State University, OH



8:35-9:10 AM Celebrating Science Fiction

Escaping to the Beyond: Outer Worlds, New Dimensions, and Fantastic Visions

Alexander Gordon Smith, Escape from Furnace series (Macmillan)

Michael Grant, BZRK, BZRK Reloaded (Egmont)

Anna Jarzab, Tandem (Random House)

Tom Leveen, Sick (Abrams)

Chaired by Mark Letcher, ALAN Board Member, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN


Remembering Norma Mazer

Teri Lesesne, ALAN Executive Director, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX


9:10-9:35 AM Celebrating Nonfiction 

A World of Truth: Digging Deeper, Looking Harder, Feeling Smarter

Tanya Lee Stone, Courage Had No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America's First Black Paratroopers (Candlewick Press)

Blaine Harden, Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (Penguin)

Marc Silver, My Parent Has Cancer and It Really Sucks (Sourcebooks)

Chaired by Jennifer Buehler, ALAN Board Member 2009-2012, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO 



9:35 - 9:50 AM Break 


9:50 - 10:25 AM Celebrating LGBTQ    

Becoming Present: Demanding Acceptance, Coming Out, and Living Free       

Nancy Garden, Annie On My Mind (Macmillan)

Sara Farizan, If You Could Be Mine (Algonguin)

Jessica Verdi, The Summer I Wasn't Me (Sourcebooks) 

Ken Setterington, Branded by the Pink Triangle? (Second Story Press)

Chaired by Melanie Hundley, ALAN Review Co-Editor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN



Remembering William Sleator

Gary Salvner, ALAN Executive Director 2000-2010, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH


10:25 - 11:00 AM Celebrating Horror and Supernatural 

Scared to Death: The Shadows on the Wall and Other Creepy Thoughts

Zoraida Cordova,  Savage Blue (Sourcebooks)

Deborah Noyes,  Plague in the Mirror (Candlewick)

Kendare Blake, Antigoddess (Tor)

Colleen Gleason, The Clockword Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel (Chronicle)

Chaired by Barb Dean, ALAN Board Member, Prince George, Columbia, CA




11:00 - 11:50  Educator Breakouts


2.1 Celebrating Great YAL for (Future) English Teachers:  Top Recommendations for Inclusion in English Methods Courses

Katherine Mason, Witchita State, Wichita, KS

Jill Adams, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO

April Brannon, California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Jennifer Dail, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Toby Emert, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Joellen Maples, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

Emily Meixner, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Elle Yarborough, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA


2.2  "This Book Has Sex in It!" Making a Case for Teaching Young Adult Literature That Contains Sexual Content

Bryan Gillis, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Joanna Simpson, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA


2.3  Novelty or Literature:  e-Books, Apps, and Non-Traditional Young Adult Novels

Melanie Hundley, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Teri Holbrook, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA


2.4  The Changing Landscape: LGBTQ Characters and Identities

Laura Renzi, PhD, West Chester University, West Chester, PA

Mark Letcher, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN


2.5 Reading Should be a Lifetime Sport

Georgia Parker, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, FL

Linell Ela, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, FL


2.6 Celebrating Relationships with Reluctant Readers: Cultivating Teen, Librarian and Teacher Connections

Kelli Venier, Monroe County Library System, Monroe, MI

Daria Plumb, Riverside Academy, Duncee, MI


 2.7 Revolutions in YA Literature: From the Classic Johnny Tremain (1943) to the Daring

Octavian Nothing (2006, 2008)

Sara L. Schwebel, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Carey Hagan, Fairfax (VA) County Public Library, Fairfax, VA


2.8. Using YA Fiction to Teach Close Reading

Tiffany Smith, E. O. Smith High School, Storrs-Mansfield, CT

Kathleen Butler, Parrish Middle/High School, Chaplin, CT

Katrina Bafumi, Berlin High School, Berlin, CT

Delia Regan, East Hampton Middle, East Hampton, CT


2.9 Celebrating Forty Years (And More!) of Novels in Verse

Lois Stover, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Arlington, VA

Connie Zitlow, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH


2.10 YA Genre Fiction Featuring Teens of Color

Deborah Taylor, Enoch Pratt Library, Baltimore, MD


2.11 ALAN Research Grants

Victor Malo-Juvera, University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Amy Bright, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Terri Suico, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana

Hannah Gerber, Sam Houston State College, Huntsville, Texas

Kelly Byrne Bull, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore, Maryland

Joellen Maples, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York

Kevin Cordi, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio

Jodi Scales, Wapahani High School, Selma, Indiana


11:50 - 12:50 PM - LUNCH


12:50 - 1:15 PM Celebrating Freedom of Expression 

Speak Loudly: Blurring Lines and Bold Labels in the Fight against Censorship

Wendy Glenn, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

ReLeah Lent, Consultant/Author, Morganton, GA

Joan Kaywell, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


1:15-1:35 PM Robert Lipsyte, From The Contender to the Present, Me and YA Lit (Houghton Mifflin)

Introduced by Don Gallo, Author/Editor, Solon, OH


1:35 - 2:10 PM Celebrating Sports

With the Wind at Their Backs: Jocks, Winning, and Shattered Dreams

David Klass, Second Impact (Macmillan)

Robyn Schneider, Severed Heads and Broken Hearts (HarperCollins)

Carl Deuker, Swagger (Houghton Mifflin)

Andrew Smith, Winger (Simon and Schuster)

Chaired by Jeff  Harr, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Kent OH



2:10 - 2:50 PM International Voices

World Stories from Across the Globe: Fact, Fiction, and the Painful Truth

Tara Sullivan,  Golden Boy (Putnam/Penguin)

Sharon E. McKay,  Enemy Territory (Annick Press)

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic)

Ann E. Burg, Serafina's Promise (Scholastic)

Beth E. Kephart, Going Over (Chronicle)

Chaired by Karin Perry, ALAN Membership Secretary, Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX



 2:50 - 3:10  PM Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster)

Introduced by Jim Blasingame, ALAN President (2009-2010), Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ



3:10 - 3:45 PM Celebrating Strong Female Characters

Young Women Take Center Stage: The Fight to Be Heard in a Testosterone World

Paul Rudnick, Gorgeous (Scholastic)

Tupelo Hassman, Girlchild (Macmillan)

Adele Griffin,  Loud Awake and Lost (Random House)

Mariah Fredericks, Season of the Witch (Random House)

Chaired by Kellee Moye, AEWA Committee, Hunter's Creek Middle School, Orlando, FL



3:45 - 4:20 PM Celebrating Romance Novels 

Falling Head Over Heels: The Chemistry of Love, Lust, and Heartfelt Desire

Brendan Halpin,  A Really Awesome Mess (Egmont)

Katie Cotugno, How To Love (Harper Collins)

Hollis Seamon, Somebody Up There Hates You (Algonquin)

Susan Colasanti, All I Need  (Penguin)

Chaired by Jon Ostenson



4:20 - 4:30 PM The Handing Over

Jeff Kaplan,  ALAN President 2013

Walter Mayes, ALAN President 2014



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