2016 ALAN Workshop

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The ALAN Workshop is the premier annual event for teachers, librarians, professors, and critics of young adult literature. Held each year on the Monday and Tuesday after the NCTE Annual Convention, the program consists of keynote speeches, moderated panel presentations, … Continued

2016 ALAN Workshop Speakers

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Authors (and editors/critics) at the 2016 ALAN Workshop Laurie Halse Anderson (Penguin Young Readers Group) M.T. Anderson (Candlewick Press) David Arnold (Penguin Young Readers Group) Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group) Ali Benjamin (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) *Lee … Continued

Remembering Author Lois Duncan

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YA literature pioneer Lois Duncan died June 15 at her home in Florida. Her suspense novels, including the bestsellers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin, gave generations of teen readers their first taste of tightly plotted mysteries written … Continued

ALAN Real Quick Picks June 2016

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     Relationships – tender, troubled, romantic, complicated – are the focus for this issue’s Real Quick Picks. There’s something for everyone here, from young middle grade readers who will appreciate G. Neri’s Tru and Nelle, a fictionalized account of the … Continued

YA Novels about Mental Illness

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Diane Scrofano is a former high school English teacher and librarian who now works at a California community college. She recently did a sabbatical on the topic of mental illness in books for young adults.  Did you know that May … Continued

Get Out the Vote!

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The 2016 ALAN Elections committee includes Rick Williams (chair), Susan Groenke, Anne McLeod, Cindy Minnich, and Daria Plumb. Every election cycle, the problem is the same: Only a small percentage of eligible voters actually cast ballots. How can we increase the number of … Continued


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As long as there are books and other means of creative expression, there will always be those who think they know best what others should read—or how they should express themselves. Because our nation is founded on certain inalienable rights, … Continued

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