It’s an Outrage!
Injustice is often self-evident, and does not need a heavy hand, and Stone’s repeated emphasis of it may rub some readers the wrong way. It may appear to them that she does not trust them to reach the obvious conclusion without her help. I welcome more discussion on these points for those of you who feel this book might be overly didactic.
And finally, since we’re quoting Roger Sutton, here’s something from a conversation with Virginia Euwer Wolff: "Didacticism in something we watch for in books for young adults. But the problem is not the teaching, it’s when it’s not convincingly worked into the world of the novel."
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About Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at email@example.com
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