associate professor
graduate school of library and information science,
simmons college,
boston, massachusetts


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boston, ma 02115
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research and publications

My research interests include children's librarianship, issues in young adult and children's literature, series fiction, magazines for teenage girls, girls' studies and the intersections of reading and culture. The following bibliography of my academic and professional writing reflects my theoretical and practical approach to these topics.

academic monograph

Pattee, A. S. (2011). Reading the Adolescent Romance: "Sweet Valley High" and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel. NY: Routledge.

reviews of Reading the Adolescent Romance:

Allen, A. (2012).  Breathlessly awaiting the next installment:  Revealing the complexity of young adult literature.  Children’s Literature, 40, 260-269.

Mussell, K. (2011). Review: Reading the Adolescent Romance: Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel by Amy S. Pattee. Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 2 (1). 

Phruksachart, M. (2011). Pascal, Francine.Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2011. Pattee, Amy S.Reading the Adolescent Romance: Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel. New York: Routledge, 2011. Reconstruction:  studies in contemporary culture, 11 (3)

professional monograph

Pattee, A. S. (2013). Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow.

academic journal articles

Moeller, R., Pattee, A., and Leeper, A. (2011). The young adult voice in research about young adults.The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults 2 (1). 

Pattee, A. S. (2009). When in doubt, choose 'B': Encoding teenage girls' magazine quizzes. Feminist Media Studies, 9 (2),193-207.

Pattee, A. S. (2008). What do you know? Applying the K-W-L Model to the reference transaction with children. Children and Libraries, 6 (1), 30-39.

Pattee, A.S. (2008). Sexual fantasy: The queer utopia of David Levithan's Boy Meets Boy. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 33 (2),156-171.

Pattee, A. S. (2007). Considering popular fiction and library practices of recommendation: The literary status of "The Clique" and its historical progenitors. Library Quarterly, 78 (1), 71-98.

Pattee, A.S. (2006). Commodities in literature, literature as commodity: A close look at the "Gossip Girl" series. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 31 (2), 154-175.

Pattee, A.S. (2004). Disturbing the peace: The function of young adult literature and the case of Catherine Atkins' When Jeff Comes Home. Children's Literature in Education, 35 (3), 241-255.

Pattee, A.S. (2004). Mass market mortification: The developmental appropriateness of teen magazines and the embarrassing story standard. Library Quarterly, 74 (1), 1-20.

Pattee, A.S. (2003). Liberating literacy: Uncovering the ideology and expanding the practice. Libri, 53, 210-220.

Mu, X., Pattee, A.S., Marchionini, G. (2003). The Interactive Shared Educational Environment: User Interface, System Architecture and Field Study. Proceedings of the 3rd ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. Houston, Texas, May 27-31, Pages: 291-300.

professional publications

Pattee, A. (2014).  Rethinking library collections for young adults.  Young Adult Library Services, 12 (3), 14-16.

Pattee, A. S. (2009). Expedient, but at what cost? School Library Journal, 55 (1), 20-21.

Pattee, A.S. (2008). Street fight: Welcome to the world of urban lit. School Library Journal, 54 (7), 26-30.

Pattee, A. S. (2008). Sweet Valley High: A second look. Horn Book, 84 (4), 413-417.

Pattee, A. (2007). Rethinking "Racy Reads." School Library Journal 53 (1), 30-31.

Pattee, A.S. (2006). The secret source: Sexually explicit young adult literature as an information source. Young Adult Library Services, 4 (2), 30-38.

book reviews

Pattee, A. S. (2007). Youth Information Seeking Behavior II:  Contexts, Theories, Models, and Issues, edited by Mary K. Chelton and Colleen Cool. Library and Information Science Research, 29 (4), 581-583.

Pattee, A. (2007). Viewing girlhood in media’s mirror [bibliographic essay]   Feminist Collections, 28 (3), 11-15.

Pattee, A. S. (2007). Studying Children’s Questions:  Imposed and Self-Generated Information Seeking at School, by Melissa Gross.  Library and Information Science Research, 29 (1), 149-152.

Pattee, A. S. (2006). Using Sources Effectively:  Strengthening Your Writing and Avoiding Plagiarism, 2nd ed., by Robert A. Harris. Library and Information Science Research, 28 (2), 344-346.


Pattee, A. (2007). “I Know What Your Did Last Summer,” “King Dork,” and “Tangerine” [reviews].  In Daniel Hahn and Leonie Flynn (Eds.), The Ultimate Teen Book Guide (pp. 170, 194, 350). NY: Walker and Co.

Pattee, A. S. (2007). “Judy Blume,” “Forever . . . ,” “Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret,” and “Trixie Belden” [encyclopedia entries].  In Claudia A. Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (Eds.), Girl Culture:  An Encyclopedia (pp. 191-192, 298-299, 150, 583-584). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.