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ERIC Number: EJ792477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Nightmares, Idylls, Mystery, and Hope: "Walk Two Moons" and the Artifice of Realism in Children's Fiction
Roberts, Lewis
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n2 p121-134 Jun 2008
Sharon Creech's "Walk Two Moons" is a defining example of contemporary realistic fiction for children. This article argues that "Walk Two Moons" models storytelling as a tool which children need to understand their own relationship to reality and to literature. Rather than employing a grim verisimilitude, as some critics have charged, Creech has created a novel of realistic character development which also challenges any simplistic understanding of children's realistic fiction through its complex and self-referential narrative structure and use of literary language. The result is a narrative which, in the face of painful and tragic circumstances, empowers readers toward a hopeful and optimistic view of life's mysteries.
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Language: English
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