This is the third book in a three volume series celebrating and examining about the work of 11 of the most prominent African American authors since 2000. The eleven identified authors are Andrea Davis Pinkney, Coe Booth, Sheila P. Moses, Kwame Alexander, Kekla Magoon, Jason Reynolds, Varian Johnson, Renee Watson, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nnedi Okorafor, and Lamar Giles. These authors build on the work of the authors in books two and three. The chapter authors—librarians and established and emerging scholars in the field of young adult literature--survey the work of each author, their accolades, and how audiences responded to their work. Each chapter highlights a single work and discusses how it might be taught in a classroom with a focus on introductory, during, and concluding activities for individuals, small groups and the whole class. This volume is a resource for classroom teachers, teacher educators, reading specialists, librarians, and other educators who study, research, and read young adult literature. Even more importantly it can be resource for students who read and study these authors at the secondary and collegiate level. This is especially true when the current moment in the U. S. shows facing anew concerns of voting rights and discussion of how and when Critical Race Theory or any discussion of Race might take place in a classroom.
Steven T. Bickmore, PhD, is a professor of English Education at UNLV and maintains a weekly academic blog on YA literature (http://www.yawednesday.com/). He is a past editor of The ALAN Review (2009-2014) and a founding editor of Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature.
Shanetia P. Clark, PhD, is an associate professor of literacy in the Department of Early and Elementary Education at Salisbury University. She has published in journals such as The Journal of Language and Literacy, International Journal of Learning, The ALAN Review, and The SIGNAL Journal.
Foreword: Jewell Davis
Introduction: Steven T. Bickmore and Shanetia P. Clark
Chapter 1: Andrea Davis Pinkney: Taking a Rhythm Ride through Motown
Chapter 2: Coe Booth: Reclaiming Humanity in Stories about Urban Life
Desiree Cueto and Wanda Brooks
Chapter 3: Sheila P. Moses: The Legend of Buddy Bush and Beyond Narrative
Shimikqua E. Ellis
Chapter 4: “As In” An Award Winning Writer: Kwame Alexander
Bryan Ripley Crandall
Chapter 5: From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Kekla Magoon
Kimberly N. Parker
Chapter 6: Jason Reynolds: The Boy in the Black Suit and the Struggle with Grief
Dani Rimbach-Jones and Steven T. Bickmore
Chapter 7: Varian Johnson: Discovering the Mysteries of Our Past through The Parker Inheritance
Chapter 8: Renee Watston: Love Above All—Unpacking Piecing Me Together
Shanetia P. Clark
Chapter 9: Tiffany D. Jackson: Shining a Light on Missing Black Girls through Creative Narratives in Monday’s Not Coming
Steven T. Bickmore and Gretchen Rumohr
Chapter 10: Nnedi Okorafor: An Origin Story
Chapter 11: Lamar Giles: Exploring the Ins and Outs of Community in Not so Pure and Simple
The successful culmination of Bickmore and Clark’s ambitious three-volume series, More Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors brings readers up to date with readable, incisive analysis of some of today’s best African American YA authors. This book is an essential addition to any YAL scholar’s library.
More Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors is another important volume in a groundbreaking series that helps preserve the history of Black American young adult literature. The monograph features some of the most engaging voices in Black American young adult literature coupled with innovative pedagogical approaches. The book will introduce to some, and confirm and affirm for others, Black experiences and perspectives grounded in love, agency, wisdom, and power. This book is more vital today than ever!