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ERIC Number: EJ819048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-1
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0362-8930
How Reader Girl Got Her Groove Back: One Woman's Heroic Quest to Overcome the Classics
Hale, Shannon
School Library Journal, v54 n10 p50-52 Oct 2008
This author has been a "reader girl" since the third grade, when she first read "Trumpet of the Swan" on her own. Fourth grade brought C. S. Lewis, Lloyd Alexander, and Joan Aiken. Fifth grade was Cynthia Voigt, Anne McCaffrey, and Robin McKinley. And so it continued with Ellen Raskin, Patricia McKillip, and L. M. Montgomery, a veritable battalion of fantasies, endless summer days curled up in a hammock while off exploring perilous planets from the back of a dragon. Then, everything changed in 10th grade when she had to read realistic fiction written in the past, aka "The Classics," in her high school English class. She found most of these "classics" to be boring and depressing, and discovered that she was quickly "falling out of love with reading." This feeling continued until she discovered the genre of Young Adult literature, where she found characters that were relatable and flawed, but also rich with hope. Shannon Hale is now the author of her own books written in this genre, including the Newbery Honor-winning "Princess Academy" (2005).
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Language: English
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