Popularity of books

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Thu Apr 10 01:43:39 EDT 2003

> I would have thought that the Secret is the one
> element DWJ usually has, if you don't regard Secret as
> hidden knowledge that the central characters have, but
> rather Hidden Knowledge that is central to the story
> that the characters, and readers, don't have, but
> discover.

I was thinking more along the lines of a secret the children have that's
apart from their everyday lives. DWJ's characters often have pretty dreadful
everyday lives, so the secret isn't needed to add drama or as an escape from

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