Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

What would you do if your father came home a day late… as a zombie intent on killing you? How would you deal with flaming dogs and slavering werwulfs came hunting you in an empty Mall at some ungodly hour of the morning?

Not sure – neither was I. Dru Anderson, a 16 year old orphan, after she kills her zombie father, has to deal with this and much more as she struggles to come to terms with the death of her father, her comfortable ability to sense the supernatural escalating and expanding, her only friend, Graves, being bitten by a werwulf and turning into a loup-garou and a strange vampire hunter, who is stunningly good looking and has fangs of his own giving her orders and interfering.

I found Dru to be a bit whiny, as she continually stopped to have inner debates about the deep meaning of events and what she should do. Then again, I can understand  her attitude though – I would definitely not cope well with the situation! Graves seems to be very willing to go along with whatever…

I’m not sure that I will read the next installment. I enjoyed the book, but would not rave about it!

Book Trailer can be found at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQPXGh7YYaw

Lilith St Crow’s official website/journal:

http://www.lilithsaintcrow.com/journal/

My First Glog

I have set up an account on Glogster Education, with passwords and logins for 75 students. In a few weeks time, after I’ve had a bit more practise, I’ll get the students to create their own Glogs advertising their favourite books, and post them on the Junior Library Blog. Could be interesting!!!

Sal

At what age do children become young adults?

I have been a teacher librarian at various schools in Melbourne for over 20 years. In that time there has been a distinct shift in reading and publishing of Children’s and Young Adult Literature.  The crossover from children’s literature to young adult has always been blurred. There are several authors who a generally accepted as ‘Children’s Authors’ who’s books push the boundaries.

For example; Tamora Pierce’s first series of books set in Tortall, Song of the Lioness, deals with issues such as self belief, friendship, good and evil, and destiny, but also looks at relationships, sex and love from a much more mature point of view as the series progresses and the characters come of age.  J.K. Rowling faced a similar dilema when she wrote the Harry Potter series. Should Harry matured as he goes through each ne year at Hogwarts. In order to stay true to the character, he should.

So, when do you tell a Y3 student that they should probably not read the next Harry Potter? The story lines and emotions experienced by the characters become progressivley dark as they are faced with greater and more pervasive evil. I am not comfortable with 9 and 10 year old children reading about so much violence, death and complicated emotional tension.  

The Twilight series has raised many of the same questions. How young is too young to be reading about obsessive love and violent clashes between otherwordly, superhuman beasts?

Where do we draw the line? I have known 9 and 10 year olds to try reading Lord of the Rings because they have seen the movie and loved the orcs! 

In my Library we have stopped subcribing to magazines such as Total Girl at the request of parents, because the magazine sexualises young girls and is deemed as having inappropriate messages about childhood and growing up. The same students are now reading Twilight, not through the Library (I do not have it in the Junior Library) but through their parents purchasing the books for them – even though the books are stocked in the Young adult or adult sections of bookshops.