Child's Lit Class - DWJ

Elizabeth Crowe lizcrowe at juno.com
Fri Aug 8 15:43:51 EDT 2003


Thanks, Jon, for the response.  Yesterday in class, I shared what you
said, and it added another voice from mine.  Just what I was hoping for.

Thanks again,
Elizabeth

On Wed, 6 Aug 2003 13:58:49 -0700 (PDT) Jon Noble <jon_p_noble at yahoo.com>
writes:
> Its already Thursday here in Oz, but I'll give this
> one a go. I think the reason I like DWJ so much is her
> Unexpectedness. She always manages to suprise the
> reader, usually several times in a book, and she often
> manages to turn our expectations on their heads or
> inside out in the course of this. You can never be
> sure how a DWJ story is going to resolve itself, and
> when you finish you realise that all the clues had
> been there all along, but you thought they'd meant
> something quite different. I realise that this is a
> vast generalisation and doesn't apply equally to all
> her work, but it is my general impression. She loves
> to have fun with fantasy as a genre (witness the Tough
> Guide).
> As to my introduction to DWJ, this is something that
> has been discussed on this list quite often (so if
> others don't reply you may try having a look in the
> archives) but for me I saw Spellcoats listed as a
> recomended YA novel at an inservice training day
> somewhat more than 20 years ago (along with a great
> many others both fantasy and other). The other
> recomended fantasy was by authors I knew (Tanith Lee
> and Patricia McKillip were two) so I kept a lookout
> for Spellcoats (I didn't remember DWJ's name) and a
> few years later came across a second hand copy, read
> it and was very impressed. However it was a few years
> later that I read Archer's Goon and thought "hey this
> person seems to get it right all the time". From the
> mid '80s I was actively seeking DWJ books (but still
> haven't got the lot).
> Archer's Goon is still one of my favorites, along with
> Deep Secret.
> 
> Jon
> 
> 
> --- Elizabeth Crowe <lizcrowe at juno.com> wrote:
> > I'm going to be giving an oral presentation on DWJ
> > to my Children's Lit
> > class this Thursday.  No one in the class, including
> > the teacher has read
> > anything by DWJ.  I thought they might enjoy hearing
> > other opinions
> > besides mine about her work.  If you'd like to share
> > something, perhaps
> > what you like about her writing, how you were
> > introduced to her novels,
> > which ones are your favorites and why, etc., I'll
> > pass your opinions on
> > to my class.  They are teachers from elementary
> > level up to high school. 
> > Let me know your first name, where you're from and
> > your age (if you want
> > to).
> > 
> > Thanks for your input,
> > 
> > Elizabeth
> > 
> >
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