[DWJ] Monthly read-along - includes spoilers for Angus Flint

Otter Perry 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... 
>> Jackie
>> 
>> P.S.  I get to teach my childhood and the fantastic course next
>> year--lots of DWJ!  yay!  Looking forward to it. 


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