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978-0-8108-3692-1 • Hardback • January 2000 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
Hilary S. Crew is Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Educational Media Specialist Program in the Department of Communication Sciences at Kean University. Her education includes a B.A. from Thomas Edison College, and both an M.L.S. and Ph.D. in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University. Her research and publications are in the field of literature for youth and the school library media field.
An outstanding offering.
— School Library Journal
...is an impressively thorough analysis of what they find there. Besides offering readings of these feminist texts, Crew offers specific suggestions for book group discussions that will encourage readers to revisit and revise their own cultural scripts in ways that are empowering for both daughters and their mothers. Crew's scholarly feet wear sensible shoes; that is, she patiently walks her readers through her subject without running too fast through any aspect or skipping any topic that might be significant...offers a systematic framework whereby the conventions of the genre are made visible and orderly...marks a significant entry into the analysis of the conventions of young adult fiction as well as offering a feminist intervention into the potentially damaging effects of following the traditional daughter-mother script too closely.
— Children's Literature Association Quarterly
[Crew] compel[s] readers to open the pages of these books so that mothers and daughters everywhere can be heard, appreciated, and understood.
— Feminist Formations
Educators and librarians will find this study a useful tool for exploring deeper meaning in book discussion group selections, as well as for presenting students with a diversity of family dynamics.