Phoenix Award of the Children Literature Association,1995-1999


The Phoenix Award of The Children's Literature Association annually honors a children's book first published twenty years earlier that deserves special recognition for its literary merit. This volume, third in a set begun with the 1965 award, covers the years 1995 to 1999 and is a mini-library of essays, speeches, bibliographies, and biographical sketches surrounding the five award winners and six honor books. It contains the twenty-four essays presented at the association's annual conference on the Phoenix ...
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The Phoenix Award of The Children's Literature Association annually honors a children's book first published twenty years earlier that deserves special recognition for its literary merit. This volume, third in a set begun with the 1965 award, covers the years 1995 to 1999 and is a mini-library of essays, speeches, bibliographies, and biographical sketches surrounding the five award winners and six honor books. It contains the twenty-four essays presented at the association's annual conference on the Phoenix Award-winning books and on the honor books as well. Information is provided about each author, including a list of his or her works for children, and the acceptance speeches given by the award-winning authors are reprinted. Essay writers include such respected names in children's literature criticism as Jon Stott, Linnea Hendrickson, and Anita Tarr. This scholarly work is directed to the professions that attend to children's literature—librarians, educators, language scholars, other writers, and parents. It also serves as a guide for all those who care about timeless books and wish to make them available to children and young people.
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Editorial Reviews

School Librarian
This is a fascinating evaluation and promotion of high quality in writing for children.
School Library Journal
Each year the Phoenix Award honors the author of a "book published twenty years earlier that did not win a major award at the time of its publication, but that, from the perspective of time, is deemed worthy of special recognition for its high literary quality." Since 1985, this unusual and important award has been given by the Children's Literature Association, an affiliate of the Modern Language Association. This volume, which includes an acceptance speech given at the Association's annual conference, a biographical sketch, and bibliography for each award winner or honor book, as well as all the scholarly papers presented at the conference banquet, is the third in a series. The five authors discussed in this volume are: Laurence Yep, Robert Cormier, Alan Garner, Jill Paton Walsh, and E. L. Konigsburg. Authors of honor books are: Natalie Babbitt, William Steig, Robin McKinley, Doris Orgel, Rosa Guy, and Ouida Sebestyen. The multiple perspectives of the authors and academics combine to provide valuable insights for anyone interested in the critical study of children's literature. No other award celebrates books that have stood the test of time. Libraries owning the previous volumes will certainly want this one; libraries without the previous volumes might consider buying all three.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
The Phoenix Award is given to the author of a children's book that was first published 20 years earlier and is deserving of recognition for its high literary merit. This volume, the third in a series, provides information on the 11 winners and honor books from 1995 through 1999. Each chapter includes a biographical sketch of the author, a selection of criticism of the winning work, a list of all the author's books for children, and the author's acceptance speech. Writers covered in this volume are Lawrence Yep (), Natalie Babbitt (), Alan Garner (), William Steig (), Robert Cormier (), Jill Paton Walsh (), Robin McKinley (), Doris Orgel (), E.L. Konigsburg (), Rosa Guy (), and Ouida Sebestyen (). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810840140
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition number: 280
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Alethea Helbig, Professor, and Agnes Perkins, Professor Emeritus, English Language and Literature, Eastern Michigan University, have taught and published children's literature for many years and were instrumental in initiating master's and undergraduate programs in children's literature at Eastern Michigan. Perkins has served on the Phoenix selection committee, and Helbig has chaired the committee from its inception and is a past president of ChLA. They have published a series of encyclopedia works on fiction for children published by Greenwood and have also compiled three poetry anthologies (with Helen Hill; Crowell). Both have published numerous articles on children's literature and are working on supplements to the dictionaries of children's fiction and a book on multicultural imaginative literature for young people.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xiii
The Winners and the Honor Books of The Children's Literature Association Phoenix Award, 1995-1999 xvii
The 1995 Phoenix Award Winner: Dragonwings 1
Acceptance 3
Biographical Sketch of Laurence Yep 9
Books by Laurence Yep 11
Dragonwings: Reading as Translation 13
Sweetwater: The Music of the Heart and of Darkness 19
The Outsider in Laurence Yep's Serpent Trilogy 25
The 1995 Phoenix Award Honor Book: Tuck Everlasting 33
Biographical Sketch of Natalie Babbitt 35
Books by Natalie Babbitt 36
Power, Freedom, and Imprisonment in Tuck Everlasting 37
The 1996 Phoenix Award Winner: The Stone Book 43
Acceptance 45
Biographical Sketch of Alan Garner 53
Books by Alan Garner 55
Paradox and Synthesis in Alan Garner's The Stone Book Quartet 57
Awareness of Place: Landscape in The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath 61
"Why Must She See Owls and Not Flowers?": Gendered Myth in The Owl Service 67
Red Shift's Mythic Examination of Myth 71
The 1996 Phoenix Award Honor Book: Abel's Island 77
Biographical Sketch of William Steig 79
Books by William Steig 81
Abel's Island: From Possession to Vocation 83
The 1997 Phoenix Award Winner: I Am the Cheese 89
Acceptance 91
Looking Backward While Going Forward 93
Biographical Sketch of Robert Cormier 107
Books by Robert Cormier 109
The Age of Cheese: Readers Respond to Cormier 111
Truth, Fiction, and the Impossible in Robert Cormier's The Bumble Bee Flies Anyway and Fade 119
A Stranger in a World Unmade: Landscape in Robert Cormier's Chocolate War Novels 127
Tunes for Bears to Dance To: Prayers and Silence 133
Peace, Justice, and Liberation Theology in After the First Death 139
The 1998 Phoenix Award Winner: A Chance Child 145
Acceptance 147
Biographical Sketch of Jill Paton Walsh 155
Books by Jill Paton Walsh 157
A Distant Mirror: Jill Paton Walsh's A Chance Child and the Invisible Children of the Twentieth Century 159
"You Will Weep and Know Why": Jill Paton Walsh's Goldengrove and Unleaving 165
Displacement and Assimilation in Jill Paton Walsh's The Emperor's Winding Sheet 173
The 1998 Phoenix Award Honor Book: Beauty 181
Biographical Sketch of Robin McKinley 183
Books by Robin McKinley 185
Beauty: The Honor of Belief 187
The 1998 Phoenix Award Honor Book: The Devil in Vienna 193
Biographical Sketch of Doris Orgel 195
Books by Doris Orgel 197
Real and True Feelings about The Devil in Vienna: An Interview with Doris Orgel 199
The 1999 Phoenix Award Winner: Throwing Shadows 207
Acceptance 209
Biographical Sketch of E. L. Konigsburg 211
Books by E. L. Konigsburg 213
Throwing Shadows and the Unity of Effect 215
The Paradox of Knowing 221
Aliens in Their Own Land: E. L. Konigsburg's T-Backs, T-Shirts, COAT and Suit 227
The 1999 Phoenix Award Honor Book: The Disappearance 235
Biographical Sketch of Rosa Guy 237
Books by Rosa Guy 239
Imamu's Search for Mother in Rosa Guy's The Disappearance 241
The 1999 Phoenix Honor Book: Words by Heart 247
Biographical Sketch of Ouida Sebestyen 249
Books by Ouida Sebestyen 251
The Magic of Memory: Revival of the Lost by Remembering in Ouida Sebestyen's Words by Heart 253
About the Editors 259
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