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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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Workshop 4: Research and Discovery - An Na, Edwidge Danticat, Laurence Yep, and more
Authors and Literary Works
Video Summary
Teaching Strategies
Student Work
General Resources
Teaching Strategies
Works By and About Author
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Works By and About Author

An Na
Edwidge Danticat
Pam Muñoz Ryan
Walter Dean Myers
Laurence Yep

An Na

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    An, Na. A Step From Heaven. New York: Penguin, 2001.

Further Readings About the Author


    Abbey, Cherie D. Biography Today Subject Series -- Author Series. Vol. 12. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2002.
    This compilation of author biographies includes information about An Na.

Web Sites

Edwidge Danticat

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    Danticat, Edwidge. Behind the Mountains. New York: Scholastic, 2002.

    ---. Breath, Eyes, Memory. New York: Soho Press, 1994.
    This is the story of Sophie Caco, a girl who was raised in Haiti and moves to New York to find her mother. (Note: mature themes.)

    ---. The Dew Breaker. New York: Knopf, 2004.
    Touching on themes of Haitian history and politics, The Dew Breaker recounts the story of a former prison guard and torturer who has moved from Haiti to the United States, where he encounters former victims and is forced to cope with the memory of the atrocities he has committed. (Note: mature themes.)

    ---. The Farming of Bones. New York: Soho Press, 1998.
    Based on a little-known event in Latin American history, The Farming of Bones tells the story of two Haitian laborers living in the Dominican Republican in the 1930s who, due to their Haitian identity, suffer persecution at the hands of the Trujillo dictatorship. (Note: mature themes.)

    ---. Krik? Krak! New York: Soho Press, 1995.
    Danticat describes life and daily struggles in Haiti in nine short stories that mirror the Haitian oral tradition of storytelling. (Note: mature themes.)

    ---. The Royal Diaries. New York: Scholastic, 2005.
    This novel for young readers tells the story of Queen Anacaona, wife of a Haitian ruler and composer of songs and poems, who lived in the 15th century and was eventually captured and executed by the Spaniards.

Further Readings About the Author


    Davis, Rocio. "Oral Narrative as Short Story Cycle: Forging Community in Edwidge Danticat's Krik? Krak! -- Critical Essay." MELUS (Summer 2001):65-81.
    This article explores the ways in which Danticat's style, influenced by the oral tradtion of Haitian storytelling, succeeds in dramatizing the politically charged narratives in Krik? Krak!

    Mallay, Charters. "Edwidge Danticat: A Bitter Legacy Revisited." Publishers Weekly. (August 17, 1998):42-43.
    Mallay writes about Danticat's goals as a writer and her memory of her childhood, Haiti, and its past.

    Sturgis, Ingrid. "Young Author Reclaims Haiti's Stories as Birthright -- Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat." Emerge. (April 1995):58.
    This article discusses Danticat's importance as a Haitian voice in America, and the impact her book Krik? Krak! has had on Haitian and non-Haitian communities.

    Valbrun, Marjorie. "Haiti's Eloquent Daughter." Black Issues Book Review (July-August 2004):42-43.
    Valbrun writes about the historical, cultural, and political issues that Danticat's works address, and the importance of Danticat's works in disseminating knowledge about Haiti.

Pam Muñoz Ryan

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    Muñoz Ryan, Pam. Becoming Naomi León. New York: Scholastic, 2004.
    Naomi and her brother Owen have been living with their great-grandmother when they are caught in the middle of a custody battle between their Gram and their mother. The children search for their father in Mexico, hoping to find help and a better sense of their identity.

    ---. Esperanza Rising. New York: Scholastic, 2000.

    ---. Riding Freedom. New York: Scholastic, 1998.
    This novel is based on the true story of Charlotte "Charley" Darkey Parkhurst, who disguised herself as a man so she could drive a stagecoach, own land, and vote.

Further Readings About the Author


    Abbey, Cherie D. Biography Today Subject Series -- Author Series. Vol. 12. Detroit: Omnigraphics, 2002.
    This compilation provides biographical information about Pam Muñoz Ryan and other authors.

Web Sites

    Patricia M. Newman: Meet Other Children's Authors
    http://www.patriciamnewman.com/kidlit-creators/ (see Pam Muñoz Ryan)
    This Web site includes an article about how Muñoz Ryan's own experiences influence her writing.

    Pam Muñoz Ryan
    Pam Muñoz Ryan's Web site has a biography, a list of her works, and links to other pages about authors and writing.

Walter Dean Myers

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    Myers, Walter Dean. At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess in Victorian England. New York: Scholastic, 1999.

    ---. Bad Boy: A Memoir. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
    In this autobiographical novel, Walter Dean Myers recounts his life in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s, his struggles with classism and racism, and his efforts to become a writer.

    ---. The Beast. New York: Scholastic, 2003.
    Spoon leaves his girlfriend to spend one year in an academy that will improve his chances of going to college, but comes back to find that she has lost her motivation to go to school and has turned to heroin. Spoon must confront his fears about losing his own way and losing his girlfriend.

    ---. The Dream Bearer. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
    A 300-year-old dream bearer helps a 12-year-old boy in Harlem cope with the anger he feels toward his father and brother.

    ---. Monster. New York: HarperCollins, 1999.
    This novel tells the story of Steve Harmon, a 16-year-old who finds himself on trial for murder, as Myers seeks to show the steps that would lead someone "from innocence to criminal acts, and eventually to prison."

    ---. Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
    Myers tells the stories of individual African Americans, such as Dred Scott, Ida Wells, and George Latimer, in the context of the larger social struggles of their time.

    ---. 145th Street: Short Stories. New York: Random House, 2000.
    In this collection of short stories, Myers writes about growing up in Harlem.

    ---. The Outside Shot. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1984.
    After Lonnie earns a basketball scholarship to college-his chance at a successful future-he finds that there are many challenges in college for which he is not prepared.

    ---. Scorpions. New York: HarperCollins, 1988.
    In this coming-of-age story, 12-year-old Jamal becomes the leader of a drug-related gang and must struggle between the pressures of gang violence and his own ethical beliefs.

    ---. Shooter. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
    This novel presents differing perspectives surrounding a high school shooting, raising questions about how this violent incident occurred and what might have been done to prevent it.

Further Readings About the Author


    Davis, T., and T. Harris, eds. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Afro-American Fiction Writers After 1955. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 1984.
    This volume presents criticisms and a biography of Walter Dean Myers and his works.

    Garrett, A., and H. McCue, eds. Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 4, 203-14. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 1990.
    Walter Dean Myers's biography, bibliography, and other personal information are presented in this book.

    Kutenplon, Deborah, and Ellen Olmstead, eds. Young Adult Fiction by African American Writers, 1968-1993: A Critical and Annotated Guide. New York: Garland, 1996.
    This series offers reviews and summaries of African American literature.


    Hoffman, Barbara. "'Monster' Writer." New York Post October 23, 2004, 26.
    Myers is interviewed about his works and his experiences writing them.

    Lane, R. D. "'Keepin' It Real': Walter Dean Myers and the Promise of African-American Children's Literature." African American Review (Spring 1998):125-38.
    Lane lauds Myers's works as literature that can help shape African American children's futures.

Web Sites

Laurence Yep

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    Yep, Laurence. The Amah. New York: Putnam, 2001.
    In this story about a contemporary Chinese American family, 12-year-old Amy Chin struggles between a desire for independence and responsibilities toward her family.

    ---. Dragon of the Lost Sea. New York: HarperCollins, 1982.
    Princess Shimmer, an exiled dragon, and a young boy try to capture an enchantress in order to restore a dragon clan's lost home.

    ---. Dragon's Gate: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1867. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

    ---. Dragonwings: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1903. New York: HarperCollins, 1975.
    While trying to achieve success in their family business, a Chinese American father and son must endure the hardships of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the discrimination and prejudices of white Americans.

    ---. The Lost Garden. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.
    In this memoir, Yep describes his struggles to fit in as a Chinese American boy growing up in a black neighborhood, and explains how writing helped him to come to terms with the different aspects of his identity.

    ---. Spring Pearl: The Last Flower. Middleton, CT: Pleasant Company, 2002.
    Orphaned during the Opium War, Spring Pearl deals with the difficulty of finding a place in her new family by becoming independent and helping them with their troubles.

    ---. The Star Fisher. New York: Penguin, 1992.
    Joan Lee strengthens her relationship with her mother when her family moves to Virginia and faces prejudice there.

    ---. The Tiger's Apprentice: Book One. New York: HarperCollins, 2003.
    Tom finds himself caught in a battle between ancient forces when Mr. Hu, a Tiger Guardian, takes Tom as his apprentice in guarding a powerful talisman.

Further Readings About the Author


    Campbell, Patricia, ed. Young Adult Authors Series: Presenting Laurence Yep. Indianapolis: Twayne, 1995.
    This book presents biographical information about and interviews with Yep, as well as a bibliography and a literary analysis of some of the author's works.

    Kutzer, M. Daphne, and Emmanuel Nelson. Writers of Multicultural Fiction for Young Adults: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.
    This collection includes a short biography, literary criticism, and primary and secondary bibliographies for Laurence Yep.

    McElmeel, Sharron L. Bookpeople: A Multicultural Album. Englewood, N.J.: Libraries Unlimited, 1992.
    This collection of materials for students presents biographical and bibliographical information about Yep and insight into his cultural heritage.


    Burnson, Patrick. "In the Studio With Laurence Yep." Publishers Weekly (May 16, 1994):25-26.
    Laurence Yep discusses his attitude toward his writing, how he became an author, and how his writing is influenced by his childhood.

    Davis, Rocio G. "Metanarrative in Ethnic Autobiography for Children: Laurence Yep's The Lost Garden and Judith Ortiz Cofer's Silent Dancing." MELUS (Summer 2002):139-58.
    This article examines social difficulties through literature, and compares Judith Ortiz Cofer's and Laurence Yep's immigrant experiences as revealed by their writings.

    Fisher, Leona. "Focalizing the Unfamiliar: Laurence Yep's Child in a Strange Land." MELUS (Summer 2002):157-77.
    This article explores Yep's portrayal of the Chinese American experience

    Marcus, Leonard S. "Song of Myself." School Library Journal (September 2000):50-53.
    In this article, Marcus interviews Yep and discusses his childhood and first experiences with writing.

Web Sites

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