The Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association, 1990-1994

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The Phoenix Award is an award made by The Children's Literature Association that honors a book deserving special recognition for its high literary quality and is awarded to a book published 20 years earlier. The award encourages publishers to continue to make such books available and to suggest to readers that they hold dear those traits that have given such books universality and timelessness. This new volume covers the year 1990 to 1994 and contains the papers presented on the award-winning books, as well as ...
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The Phoenix Award is an award made by The Children's Literature Association that honors a book deserving special recognition for its high literary quality and is awarded to a book published 20 years earlier. The award encourages publishers to continue to make such books available and to suggest to readers that they hold dear those traits that have given such books universality and timelessness. This new volume covers the year 1990 to 1994 and contains the papers presented on the award-winning books, as well as the honor books for each year. Information is provided about each author, including a list of his or her works for children and the acceptance speech given at the annual banquet. A scholarly work that breathes with the life of a reading community, this outstanding volume is directed at the professionals who attend to children's literature—librarians, teacher educators, and scholars in the modern languages. Phoenix Award Winners:Enchantress from the Stars (1970); A Long Way from Verona (1971); A Sound of Chariots (1972); Carrie's War (1973); Of Nightingales that Weep (1974). Phoenix Honor Books: Ravensgill (1970); Sing Down the Moon (1970); The Tombs of Atuan (1971); A Game of Dark (1971); A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver (1973); My Brother Sam is Dead (1974); Listen for the Fig Tree (1974).
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Editorial Reviews

Lisca
...a necessary addition to any inclusive children's literature collection.
Emergency Librarian
The pleasures of this volume lie primarily in the sensation of listening in upon a group of informed, articulate debaters as their diverse critical voices discuss each title...a fascinating resource for teachers and students of children's literature and student research in secondary schools.
The School Librarian
...it is important to have at least one copy at a central service point, if only to show that quality is still important.
Teacher Librarian
The pleasures of this volume lie primarily in the sensation of listening in upon a group of informed, articulate debaters as their diverse critical voices discuss each title...a fascinating resource for teachers and students of children's literature and student research in secondary schools.
LISCA
...a necessary addition to any inclusive children's literature collection..
VOYA - Jeanne M. McGlinn
As its name suggests, the Phoenix Award is designed to give new life to high-quality books by bringing them once again to the attention of readers and publishers. This award, established in 1985, is given to an author of a children's book that was published in the English language twenty years earlier, did not receive a major award at the time of its publication, and has "high literary quality." This book follows the same format as the first book of Phoenix Awards for the years 1985-1989. Each award winner's acceptance speech is followed by several critical essays, which were originally presented at the annual meeting of the Children's Literature Association. Also, each entry includes a brief biographical sketch and a complete listing of each writer's works for children and adults. The five award-winning books for 1990-1994 are Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl (Atheneum, 1970), A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam (Macmillan, 1971), A Sound of Chariots by Mollie Hunter (Harper, 1972), Carrie's War by Nina Bawden (Lippincott, 1973), and Of Nightingales That Weep by Katherine Paterson (Crowell, 1974). One or more Honor Books also are named each year (except for 1992), and the authors are given similar coverage. There are some authors who might stand out immediately, such as Katherine Paterson, Ursula LeGuin, Scott O'Dell, E. L. Konigsburg, and James and Christopher Collier. Readers might be surprised that The Tombs of Atuan (Atheneum, 1971), Sing Down the Moon (Houghton, 1970), or My Brother Sam is Dead (Four Winds, 1974) were not award winners in the years they were published. Other writers or novels might not be as well known. However, the quality of each award winner is clearly presented in the critical essays, which include sufficient details for readers who are not familiar with the particular work. Reading this collection of essays is like browsing in a library that has been carefully selected for our pleasure and interest. You will find yourself wanting to read many of these books, even the ones you already know, as you realize again the achievement of these writers. This is an excellent resource for the professional collection of a school or library, as it reminds us that the richness of children's literature extends well beyond the books that achieve the major awards. It encourages us to look again and to value those qualities in well-crafted literature that continue to speak to our hearts and minds.
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One or more critical reviews of the children's novels that won the award and up to two books honored in each of the five years. Also includes biographical sketches of the authors, a list of their books, and in some cases their acceptance speech. The awards are chosen by a committee of the Children's Literature Association. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810831919
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Alethea Helbig, Professor, and Agnes Perkins, Professor Emeritus, English language and literature, Eastern Michigan University, have taught and published in the field of children's literature for many years. Both were instrumental in initiating master's and undergraduate programs in children's literature at Eastern Michigan. Helbig has chaired the Phoenix selection committee from its inception and is a past president of The Children's Literature Association. Perkins has also served on the Phoenix selection committee.
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