Christopher E. Crowe

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Christopher Everett "Chris" Crowe (born in Danville, Illinois)[1] is an American professor of English and English education at Brigham Young University (BYU) specializing in young adult literature. In addition to his academic work, Crowe also writes books for the young-adult market, including the heralded Mississippi Trial, 1955.[2]

Crowe taught English and coached football and track at McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona, for ten years.[when?] He attended Brigham Young University on a football scholarship from 1972 to 1976 and graduated with a B.A. in English. He earned an M.Ed. and an Ed.D. in English education from Arizona State University in 1986.[3]

Prior to joining the BYU faculty in 1993 Crowe had been a professor at Himeji Dokkyo University and Brigham Young University Hawaii. In 2007, Crowe was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Excellence in Research and Creative Arts Award from BYU and in 2008 was awarded the Nan Osmond Grass Professorship in English.[4] In November 2010, he received the Ted Hipple Service Award from the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN). For the 2016-2017 school year Crowe again received BYU's Karl G. Maeser excellence in teaching award.

Crowe is a Latter-day Saint and serves as a counselor in the Provo Utah Edgemont South Stake presidency.[5]

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Crowe has written many reviews of young adult literature. He has been a contributor or editor of a wide variety of journals including Medical English and English Journal. He has also written articles on general trends in young adult literature including the chapter “Mormon Values in Young Adult Literature,” in The Last Taboo: Spirituality in Young Adult Literature (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2015).

Books he has written include From the Outside Looking In: Short Stories for LDS Teenagers and Fatherhood, Football and Turning Forty: Confessions of a Middle-Aged Mormon Male, Presenting Mildred D. Taylor, Teaching the Selected Works of Mildred D. Taylor, Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case, and Up Close: Thurgood Marshall.Crowe edited with Jesse S. Crisler the 2007 BYU Press publication How I Came to Write: LDS Authors for Young Adults. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Teaching for Social Justice Using Young Adult Literature: Sports and the Quest for Civil Rights for the Rowan and Littlefield Series Teaching for Social Justice Using Young Adult Literature.

His debut novel, Mississippi Trial, 1955 on the Emmett Till case received mixed reviews.[6] It also won several awards including the International Reading Association's Young Adult Novel Award. In 2012 he had his first children's book published Just As Good: How Larry Doby Changed America's Game. In 2014 his novel Death Coming Up the Hill was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This book deals with racism and the Vietnam War, and although its form of a Haiku with a sylable for every American soldier killed in Vietnam in 1968 seems a bit forced, at least some reviewers liked it.[7][8] It won the 2014 Whitney Award for Young Adult fiction.[9]

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