Why We Read

Why We Read

There are perhaps no days of our childhood so fully lived as those we spent with a favourite book. -:-Marcel Proust-:- The theme for this month at The Book Wars is providing reading recommendations to reluctant readers and while I was thinking about the books I want to recommend, I couldn’t stop thinking about the […]

Realistic Stories: The Next Big Thing?

I’m often asked – whether while working at Kaleidoscope or at conferences or in general conversation – what’s the next big thing going to be in children’s and young adult literature? I have to admit, my most common answer is: “Time Travel, I just know it’s coming back.” But that’s mostly so that I can chuckle. […]

Chocolate and Honey: Disenfranchised Teachers and Children in Harry Potter and Matilda

Chocolate and Honey: Disenfranchised Teachers and Children in Harry Potter and Matilda

Today’s September School Stories post is from guest contributor Jaquelin Elliott. Not only has she covered for me this Friday, but she has also written up a great post that fits the month’s theme and involves two cherished characters. Enjoy! *** This September marks my first term as a teacher. As a graduate student instructor, I find […]

Romance or Dystopia? A Rumination…

Romance or Dystopia? A Rumination…

War. Death. Despair. Oppression. Environmental ruin and… Romance? When it comes to demoralizing literature, dystopian novels have it all, and that’s why we love them! However, more recently, as in The Hunger Games (and before) there has been a trend (quickly transitioning into tradition) of the Young Adult dystopia to include a romantic plot that […]