Language Arts

Articles from Vol. 94, No. 3, January

Between Delphine and a Hard Place
When I proposed my novel One Crazy Summer (2010) to my editor, Rosemary Brosnan, I knew my viewpoint character would be younger than characters I was used to writing about-with the exception of 10-year- olds Akilah and Victoria in No Laughter Here (2004)....
Black Tween Girls with Black Girl Power: Reading Models of Agency in Rita Williams-Garcia's
Teachers think a lot about transitions- proceduralizing them, cutting them down, making them more efficient. Changing from one thing to another takes time and effort, and the time when students are between tasks or rooms or activities can sometimes feel...
Emerging Adolescence in Engaged Reading Communities
Some years ago, in the early days of some research we were conducting in a middle school (Ivey & Johnston, 2013, 2015), Gay began to read Ellen Hopkins's Identical (2008), a book requested by many of our eighth-grade participants. We were trying...
Full Cicada Moon
Full Cicada Moon Written by Marilyn Hilton Dial, 2015, 400 pp., ISBN 978-0-525-42875-6In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts head for the moon, US involvement in the Vietnam War is at its peak, and Mimi Oliver is the new girl in town. Half-Japanese, half-Black,...
"It's Easier When It's Personal": What Made Reading Real for Two Tweens with Learning Disabilities
In a middle school social studies classroom, a lesson on the rise of Jim Crow in late 19thcentury America takes a momentary tangential turn to the topic of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. For Minerva (all participant and school names are pseudonyms), an...
Leveraging Digital Literacies for Equity and Social Justice
"A kid like me could take these issues all the way to Washington."Cornell, 5th-grade student"I believe we are all activists."Juan, 5th-grade studentWhen Cornell, Juan, and their class visited a social justice exhibit at the Museum of the City of New...
Motivating Tweens to Read: Insights from Author Tom Angleberger
In this interview, Tom Angleberger discusses his thoughts about tween readers, his insights into their reading lives, and what makes his books appealing to them.Tom Angleberger is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling series, Origami...
My Diary from the Edge of the World
My Diary from the Edge of the World Written by Jodi Lynn Anderson Aladdin, 2015, 432 pp., ISBN 978-1-442-48387-3Twelve-year-old Gracie lives in a world both like and unlike ours-a world where "nothing terrible or exciting ever happens . . . . [o]nly...
Roller Girl
Roller Girl Written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson Dial, 2015, 240 pp., ISBN 978-0-8037-4016-7Jammers, Blockers, wild hairstyles, derby names, warfaces, bouts, and bruises-roll along with Astrid into the world of "Rrrr-roller Derby." On the cusp...
The Marvels
The Marvels Written and illustrated by Brian Selznick Scholastic, 2015, 665 pp., ISBN 978-0-545-44868-0Once again masterful, Brian Selznick's new inventive novel, The Marvels, begins with nearly 400 continuous, illustrated pages chronicling the Marvel...
The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers
The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers Written by Avi Candlewick, 2016, 224 pp., ISBN 978-0-7636-8111-1Avi's latest short story collection begins with a question: "What's the most important thing you can do for your son?"...
The Nest
The Nest Written by Kenneth Oppel Illustrated by Jon Klassen Simon & Schuster, 2015, 272 pp., ISBN 978-1-481-43232-0"Yes" is a little, but powerful, word. All Steve has to do is say "yes" to the angelic wasp queen that appears in his dreams at night...
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