Ann Rinaldi, the author of many young adult historical vels, has found her niche and run with it. This historical velist started as a columnist for The Trentonian in 1970 and has evolved into a prolific and insightful fiction writer who introduces history to young adults through engaging and universal stories. McGlinn explores the life and works of this inspirational author, illustrating the level of historical detail captured in each of Rinaldi's vels and highlighting the themes that she interweaves with American history and the personal development of her characters. Covering everything from America's colonial beginnings through the nineteenth century, Ms. Rinaldi's vels will interest everyone from librarians and teachers to students. Included is a discussion of the recent controversy that has flared over her portrayal of Native American boarding school experiences in My Heart is on the Ground.
Jeanne M. McGlinn is an associate professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she teaches young adult literature courses. The coordinator for the Classroom Materials column in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Dr. McGlinn writes reviews for this journal and is the author of numerous reviews of adolescent literature for VOYA and The Alan Review.