Author Biographies

Dr. Jennifer L. Martin is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Illinois at Springfield, recipient of the 2016 AERA Division B’s Outstanding Book Award for Racial Battle Fatigue, and 2019 recipient of the Paula Silver Case Award for UCEA Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

Throughout fifteen years of education experience, Julie Wasmund Hoffman has taught in urban, rural, suburban, and alternative schools in Illinois. She earned her doctor of education in literacy from Judson University in 2018. Julie values literature as a means to resistance, resilience, and hope.


In this paper, we discuss the importance of Samira Ahmed’s recent novel, Internment, and how young adult literature can be used to address current social and political issues in the classroom. We provide an analysis of why this text is timely and important, including ideas for classroom application.

Publication Date


Available for download on Sunday, August 01, 2021