The Alan Review
It was over a decade ago when Rudine Sims Bishop (1992) prophetically dubbed Angela Johnson as possibly one of "the most prominent AfricanAmerican literary artists of the next generation" (616). At the time she had four picture books to her credit, but the following year she would publish her debut young adult novel, Toning the Sweep. From there, a number of other award-winners would follow and the total of young adult books would increase to eleven and counting. To date, Johnson has three Coretta Scott King Awards, a Michael L. Printz award, and the "Genius Grant" on her list of accolades. Here, I wish to look closely at the search for self in three of Johnson's award-winners: Toning the Sweep (1993), Heaven (1998), and The First Part Last (2003).
Original Publication Citation
Hinton-Johnson, K. M. (2006). Angela Johnson: Award-winning novels and the search for self. The Alan Review, 34(1), 63-65. doi:10.21061/alan.v34i1.a.6
Hinton-Johnson, KaaVonia M. and Johnson, Angela, "Angela Johnson: Award-Winning Novels and the Search for Self" (2006). Teaching & Learning Faculty Publications. 37.