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Library group to honor ODU's Hinton-Johnson for 2008 book

KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson, assistant professor of teaching and learning and director of the Tidewater Writing Project at Old Dominion University, will be honored by the Ohioana Library Association on March 14 for her book "Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy" (Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature, 2008).

The association, which was founded in 1929 to recognize the work of Ohio writers, as well as books about Ohio, holds an annual program to honor the year's Hamilton County area authors, illustrators and composers.

A professional educator and accomplished writer, Draper, who lives in Cincinnati, was named National Teacher of the Year in 1997. Her first novel, "Tears of a Tiger," was published in 1994, and since then she has written more than 15 books for middle and high school readers. Most of her books have been featured on the American Library Association Best Books list.

In "Sharon M. Draper: Embracing Literacy," Hinton-Johnson, who holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, reveals how Draper became an exceptional teacher and writer, and how she uses her writing to urge young people to embrace literacy. Hinton-Johnson also explores how Draper has made a lasting contribution to the field of young adult literature. Her book-length study examines both Draper's life and work and, as such, benefits students, teachers and scholars in the field of young adult literature.

Many of the contributing authors of the Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature series are among the leading scholars and critics of adolescent literature. Hinton-Johnson is also the author of "Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose" (Scarecrow, 2006).

Her scholarship focuses on literacy materials created specifically for blacks; literature for adults, children, and young adults, especially works labeled multicultural; critical biographies of black writers; and literary criticism. Her reviews of young adult and children's literature are published regularly in VOYA, ForeWord Magazine and on her blog, http://kaavoniahinton.blogspot.com.

This article was posted on: March 3, 2010

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