[DWJ] Monthly read-along - includes spoilers for Angus Flint
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sat Feb 11 00:00:21 EST 2012
It's _The Plague of Peacocks_.
On Feb 10, 2012, at 8:17 PM, Sally Odgers wrote:
> Was it Chair Person?
> Sally Odgers
> On Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:05:19 -0800, jstallcup at juno.com wrote:
> I LOVE this story. It makes me laugh my head off everytime I read it,
>> particularly when "the tables turn." What a fabulous way to make that
>> tired old phrase come to sparkling life! (Literally!)
>> I agree as well with your point about the parents. I've taught this
>> story and another DWJ story (can't remember the title now??) in which the
>> adults all completely abdicate their parental responsibility and the kids
>> have to fix things. Students find it disturbing, I found, but also very
>> fruitful for discussion about adult-child relationships, power,
>> assumptions about childhood, etc. Ugh, now it's bugging me that I can't remember the title of the other
>> story! There was a little boy who could control things with his mind,
>> maybe? And birds? And weird neighbors? It's in the big collected
>> stories, which I don't have here to check. Well, come to think of it, this pops up a lot in all of dwj's writing. Eight Days of Luke, for example, which I just finished re-reading and
>> re-enjoying. And certainly Time of the Ghost...
>> P.S. I get to teach my childhood and the fantastic course next
>> year--lots of DWJ! yay! Looking forward to it.
You can no more win a war than you can
win an earthquake.
-- Jeannette Rankin
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