Publications

Review of The Critical Merits of Young Adult Literature: Coming of Age ed. by Crag Hill. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Vol. 41.4 (2016): 462-464.

The full review can be found online via Project MUSE.

Here’s the table of contents, for a brief glimpse into the book:

Chapter One by Crag Hill: Introduction: Young Adult Literature and Scholarship Come of Age

Chapter Two by Janey Alsup: More Than a ‘Time of Storm and Stress’: The Complex Depiction of Adolescent Identity in Contemporary Young Adult Novels

Chapter Three by Mark Lewis & Sybil Durand: Sexuality as Risk and Resistance in Young Adult Literature

Chapter Four by sj Miller: Hungry Like the Wolf: Gender Non-conformity in YAL

Chapter Five by Janine Darragh & Crag Hill: ‘The Worst Form of Violence’: Unpacking Portrayals of Poverty in Young Adult Novels

Chapter Six by KaaVonia Hinton & Rodrigo Joseph Rodriguez: ‘I was carrying the burden of my race’: Reading Matters of Race and Hope in YA Literature by Walter Dean Myers and Sherman Alexie

Chapter Seven by Christopher Arigo: Creating an Eco-warrior: Wilderness and Identity in the Dystopian World of Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series

Chapter Eight by Linda T. Parsons & Angela Rietschlin: The Emigrant, Immigrant and Trafficked Experiences of Adolescents: Young Adult Literature as Window and Mirror

Chapter Nine by Laura Powers: Annotated Bibliography

If you’d like to buy the book, here’s the link.

 

“Story Summaries and Author’s Notes and Reviews, Oh My!: The Activity System of Fan Fiction.” Grassroots Writing Research Journal 6.1 (2015): 73-86.

I wrote this article during my first semester at ISU, in our version of the “Teaching College English” class that helps new graduate assistants understand our Writing Program’s approach to teaching First Year Writing. At ISU, we design our WP classes using Rhetorical Genre Studies and Cultural Historical Activity Theory as our theoretical foundations. As a program, we publish a new journal every semester with articles written by students and instructors with freshman students in mind as our audience. I really enjoyed writing this article, due to both its casual tone and the opportunity I had to introduce freshman students to a personal favorite writing (and reading) genre: fanfiction.

Our back issues are available on our Writing Program website: isuwriting.com. I highly recommend looking through them, especially if you teach FYW. The full text of my article can be found via this link to the particular issue in which it was published: http://isuwriting.com/category/gwrj-issues/gwrjournal-issue-6-1/. Just scroll down to the seventh article.

Review of Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature by Sara K. Day. The Lion and the Unicorn, Vol. 38.3 (2014).

The full review can be found online via Project MUSE.

Here’s the table of contents, for a brief glimpse into the book:

Chapter 1: She Is a Creature Designed for Reading

Chapter 2: Opening Myself Like a Book to the Spine

Chapter 3: He Couldn’t Get Close Enough

Chapter 4: She Doesn’t Say a Word

Chapter 5: What If Someone Reads It?

Chapter 6: Let Me Know What You Think

If you’d like to buy the book, here’s the link.

 

Review of How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler. Reading Inspires Success in Education: A Children’s Literacy Journal, Vol. 2 (2014).

As this review cannot be found online, here are my brief thoughts on the book (though not my actual review from the journal):

The metafictive nature of this story really appealed to me as a reader and teacher. It calls for a strong ability to read not just words and pictures separately, but also in relationship to one another. I also appreciated that this story features a single father who is very involved in his child’s life. Mothers tend to be more heavily featured in picture books, so this was a nice change in representation.

Here’s Koehler’s page, via Penguin Random House: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/233433/fred-koehler

Here’s a link, if you’d like to buy the book:

https://www.amazon.com/How-Cheer-Dad-Fred-Koehler/dp/0803739222

Review of Again! by Emily Gravett. Reading Inspires Success in Education: A Children’s Literacy Journal, Vol. 1 (2014).

As this review cannot be found online, here are my brief thoughts on the book (though not my actual review from the journal):

Again! is probably my favorite book by Emily Gravett, though all her books are amazing examples of postmodern picture books. The portrayal of a young dragon wanting to hear a bedtime story again and again and his very tired mother just wanting to get to sleep will be quite familiar to anyone who’s interacted with a young child before their bedtime. I really enjoy picture books that provide young readers with additional reasons to interact with characters, plot, and settings, along with the illustrations and the physical book itself. This picture book is a great example of all these elements in one hilarious tale.

As a side note, Gravett’s Monkey and Me is required reading for my fall 2017 section of ENG 170: Foundations in Literature for Children. I highly recommend it to teachers, librarians, parents, family members, and others that are interested in improving the visual literacy skills of the young readers in their lives. Of course, it’s also a cute story of a girl, her favorite stuffed monkey toy, and their upcoming trip to the zoo, which is reason enough to enjoy it, as well.

Here is a link to Gravett’s website, in case you want to explore her bibliography for yourself: http://www.emilygravett.com/

Here’s a link, if you’d like to buy Again!:

https://www.amazon.com/Again-Emily-Gravett/dp/1442452315/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Here’s a link, if you’d like to buy Monkey and Me:

https://www.amazon.com/Monkey-Me-Emily-Gravett/dp/1416954570/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1495900540&sr=1-2&keywords=monkey+and+me