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What’s Now? What’s New? What’s Next?

Volume 46: Issue 3 (Summer 2019)

 Submissions due: November 1, 2018

The field of young adult literature has exploded over the past few decades. As a result, we have enjoyed increasing numbers of memorable stories written by authors willing to trust their readers with complexity and challenge. We have learned from colleagues who have implemented innovative approaches to teaching and thinking about this literature and its implications for the young people who read it. And we have begun to think carefully and critically about whose voices are present and not present and how literature both reflects and has the potential to shape the sociocultural realities in which we live and work.

In our final issue as editors of The ALAN Review, we aim to create space for reflection, contemplation, and anticipation around young adult literature. We invite you to consider where we are, what we’ve accomplished, and what we all might tackle in our collective pursuits of scholarship and teaching. As we engage in this work, we find inspiration in the words of Nicola Yoon: “I was trying so hard to find the single pivotal moment that set my life on its path. The moment that answered the question, ‘How did I get here?’ But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways” (Everything, Everything, p. 305). And we are reminded that we can (and must) do better in this work, knowing that “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right” (Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give, p. 155). Given our shared commitment to books and young people and a better tomorrow, we are hopeful that our momentum will impel us to move the field forward in ways that foster equity and social justice for all. As Renee Ahdieh intones, “When I was a boy, my mother would tell me that one of the best things in life is the knowledge that our story isn’t over yet. Our story may have come to a close, but your story is still yet to be told. Make it a story worthy of you” (The Wrath and the Dawn, p. 387).

As always, we also welcome submissions focused on any aspect of young adult literature not directly connected to this theme. All submissions may be sent to Please see the ALAN website ( for submission guidelines.


How We Play the Game:

YA Literature and Sport

Volume 46: Issue 2 (Winter 2019)

 Submissions due: July 1, 2018

Sport, culture, identity, and power are intimately related. Sport can both reaffirm and challenge societal beliefs, strengthening and calling into question existing ideologies related to gender, race, and class. While it might be true that “it’s a long race and you can always outwork talent in the end” (Matthew Quick, Boy 21, p. 8), the relationship between sport and socioeconomics, for example, is real: sport is an industry driven by profit, and young people pay to play. Working hard sometimes isn’t enough to gain access, leading us to wonder who gets to participate and if and how such issues are addressed in YA literature.

Sport can also unite and divide people—with real consequences. It’s true that the team element of sport can connect people in memorable ways, as “it’s amazing how two thin pieces of clothing can hold such deep memories. Laughter, pain, victory, defeat, friendship, fatigue, elation… they’re all there, but only to the person who’s worn the uniform” (Wendelin Van Draanen, The Running Dream, p. 187). But it’s also true that sport can perpetuate inequities across people across time, as evidenced by this scene from Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven: “Last night I missed two free throws which would have won the game against the best team in the state. The farm town high school I play for is nicknamed the ‘Indians,’ and I’m probably the only actual Indian ever to play for a team with such a mascot. This morning I pick up the sports page and read the headline: INDIANS LOSE AGAIN. Go ahead and tell me none of this is supposed to hurt me very much” (p. 179).

For this issue, we invite you to consider the presentation of sport in YA titles and how YA sports literature might be used to foster a more nuanced understanding of the game and its players, its history and institutional norms, and its impact on life on and off the court.

As always, we also welcome submissions focused on any aspect of young adult literature not directly connected to this theme. All submissions may be sent to Please see the ALAN website ( for submission guidelines.