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YA Fiction Accused of Making the ‘Darkness Too Visible’

YA Fiction Accused of Making the ‘Darkness Too Visible’

Recently, I read two articles about teen and young adult fiction which highlight the deep divide between an industry’s direction and parents’ expectations. The first article, “Darkness Too Visible” by Meghan Cox Gurdon, published on 6/4/11 in the Wall Street Journal, has incited a firestorm of defensive comments by YA authors and readers alike.  At the […]

Having Trouble with Your e-book?

Rick Riordan’s tweet (@camphalfblood) on Monday (6/27) amused me so much that I had to pass on the link to the video he referenced.  The market for e-book readers and tablets is red hot; however, even some members of my own family are loath to give up the smell of ink and musty bindings, the […]

Another Take on “Darkness Too Visible”

Another Take on “Darkness Too Visible”

As a follow up to my last post on Ms. Gurdon’s article, “Darkness Too Visible”, published on June 4, 2011 in the Wall Street Journal, I would like to refer you to a blog post by Deren Hansen, “Gurdon’s ‘Darkness Too Visible:’ A Call for Variety“. His take on the conflict seemed insightful and balanced, and […]

How to Turn Your Son into a Reader

How to Turn Your Son into a Reader

“How can I get my son to read?  Anything.  Anything would be better than nothing at all.” This question comes up over and over in conversations between teachers and the parents of boys, beginning in elementary school and growing in stridency as boys reach middle school and get the label “reluctant readers”. Number One Rule:  […]

One last time on “Darkness Too Visible”

One last time on “Darkness Too Visible”

The Wall Street Journal posted a video interview to follow-up on the reaction to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s article, “Darkness Too Visible”.  Maybe it’s just me, but the interview came across as a damage control effort.  They didn’t even include Ms. Gurdon in the interview. NPR, on the other hand,  posted the audio and transcript of […]

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