When you came to my jail cell and dropped this whole princess thing on me . . . how was I supposed to react? All of a sudden I went from being nobody to being long-lost royalty, and you expected me to jump up and accept this destiny that you’d worked out in your head, […]
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Feiwel and Friends, 2013. 452 pages. Age/interest level: 14-up. As a sequel, Scarlet picks up right where Cinder ended. Linh Cinder, now a fugitive fleeing New Bejiing, is struggling to accept the reality she has only just learned. . . . she wasn’t just a cyborg anymore. She was Lunar now. […]
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Square Fish, 2012. 387 pages. Age/interest level: 14-up. Linh Cinder is a teenage mechanic, the best mechanic in New Beijing. She is also a cyborg, part of her limbs robotic due to a childhood accident. Early in the story, Cinder meets Prince Kai, heir apparent of New Beijing. Kai needs […]
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee. Knopf, 2014. 240 pages. Age/interest level: 9-12. Disney’s popular Frozen is a tale inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy is also a retelling of “The Snow Queen.” No romance here as in Frozen, and the Snow Queen is back to […]
Today I’m going to demonstrate a close reading of one version of a classic fairy tale. My favorite book to use in demonstrating the illustrative power of a picture book is the Caldecott-award winning Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky. I wish I could include some images in this post to show all our dear readers […]
Welcome to Week 5 of our Summer Reading Challenge! If you’d like to see other posts in this series, check out our Summer Reading Challenge Page. The Light Princess by George MacDonald. Square Fish, 1984. 120 pgs. Ages 8 and up. George MacDonald was a Christian writer during the Victorian era who was influenced by […]
Dear Readers, There are still a few weeks before we start on The Light Princess by George MacDonald, but before we do, I’d like to open a few questions for discussion: What do you think about fairy tales? What is your experience with them? How many folk/fairy tales are you familiar with beyond what Disney has […]
Tuesday’s post about “Twisting Mother Goose” was headed down an alley I didn’t have room to address. So today’s post springs off YA lit-blogger Georgia McBride’s offhand comment about the dark side of the “Disney stories,” and why they are never cited for their disturbing elements. I’m assuming she means fairy tales, and her mention […]
Tagging along after yesterday’s post, here are two relatively new (and one older) titles in that perennial genre, the fairy tale: Small Persons with Wings, by Ellen Booraem. Dial, 2011, 302 pages. Age/interest level: 12-16. Melissa Turpin learned to give up imagination in kindergarten, when her fairy friend Fidius turned out not to be real. […]
Picture books are traditional, and YA is new and glamorous, but the area of literature I consider to be “classic children’s” is that big glorious milestone middle—the golden years between, say, eight and twelve, when you were old enough to hop on your bike and seek adventure in the neighboring woods and vacant lots, when […]
Heartless, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. Bethany House, 2010. Age/interest level: 14-up (first in a series) Princess Una is a romantic sort, indulged by her father and plagued by her little brother. But when the Twelve-Year Market–a collection of bizarre vendors and exotic goods–emerges from Goldstone Wood, something alien enters her heart. Or was it already there? […]
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