This week we have another young adult book. Turnabout
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Simon & Schuster, 2000
“April 21, 2085
My sixteenth birthday. Sad, sad day. What I mind most-what I’ve dreaded most-is losing my license. I could still pass for being older for at least another year or two, but the agency won’t let me. Against the rules , they say. We know best, they say. How can they be so sure when this is all new territory?”
What if you were given the chance to be younger and live another life? What if you didn’t remember agreeing to do this? What happens when you keep getting younger?
In this novel we get to experience the hidden issues in de-aging and how things constantly change. Haddix has created a world where two friends will be friends until the end, which may be another beginning to them and the strange way they exist in the world.
“The day Alys was accused of being a witch started out like any other. She woke to the gray light of dawn and to the sound of her father coughing. Did he sound any better than he had the morning before? Yes, she told herself–just a little bit, but definitely better. And though she thought that every morning since late winter when he’d been so sick she’d been afraid he’d die, and though here it was with the wheat already harvested and the leaves beginning to turn, and he still too frail to run the tin shop by himself- that did nothing to lessen her conviction, He definitely sounded better. “
This young adult books is a nice spin on the whole “witch fed to a dragon” motif. Our hero is not perfect by any means. She is angry at how the village turned on her, and even those who passive-aggressively tried to help her (by not tightening the ropes too much) did not stand up for her, so when given the chance to cower & die, or run & die, she taunts the dragon instead.
This is an amazing story that is both simply entertaining and well written, along with being thought provoking and complicated.
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Don’t Bet on the Prince
Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England
Routledge, NY 1987
“A long time ago in a kingdom by the sea there lived a Princess tall and bright as a sunflower. Whatever the royal tutors taught her, she mastered with ease. She could tally the royal treasure on her gold and silver abacus, and charm even the Wizard with her enchantments. In short, she had every gift but love, for in all the kingdom there was no suitable match for her. So she played the zither and designed great tapestries and trained her finches to eat from her hand, for she had a way with animals.”
” I really didn’t notice that he had a funny nose.
And he certainly looked better all dressed up in fancy clothes.
He’s not nearly as attractive as he seemed the other night.
So I think I’ll just pretend tat this glass slipper feels too tight.”
“For centuries now theologians, educators, literary critics, psychologist, and librarians have debated the pros and cons of reading fairy tales to children.” But why? Why shouldn’t children see the violence, cruelty and superstition of made up worlds? Why shield the children from morality tales, that entertain while you think? Why should a child not understand that Cinderella might get a happy ending, but also that the stepmother gets her punishment? This is the point of fairy tales: to see the world and it’s actions in a way that makes one think. In this book Jack Zipes brings together 16 fairy tales rewritten by modern authors, like Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, to fit the true heroine story. A restructuring of the traditional framework of the subordination of women into a voice for silent oppressed groups. Here we see the princess who is just too tall and outspoken falling for a prince with issues,who discovers the real meaning of love after sacrificing everything she has. Or how the story of Snow White was really about feeling contentment and friendship.
This is an amazing read full of enjoyable stories, perfect for those who feel like they have outgrown the fairy tales they loved as a child.
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Hello and welcome to another book review. Today’s pick is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, also known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson, her first married name, was a prominent American humanist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. First published in 1892, The Yellow Wallpaper is a written secret journal of a new mother who was failing to relish the joys of domestic life, and was sent to a secluded country home to cure her “nervous condition,” or Postpartum depression. Isolated from people, & forbidden to read or write due to how it “aggravates her” her doctor & husband insist on complete passivity. Locked in her bedroom she creates a reality of a hidden figure moving underneath the yellow wall paper and goes about freeing her.
Rediscovered in the 1960s, this book became a rallying cry for the importance of self empowerment and legal freedom for women.
This book is a psychological & dramatic read and is great for anyone wanting to understand how women can be treated physically well, but also be mentally & emotionally neglected.