A podcast about books from the Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Collection at American University in Washington DC.
I loved this book when I read it in 6th grade! It is interesting that the novel takes race out of the book and that you point out how it is actually a valuable thing. I also think that you did a great job describing each of the very serious and vital themes that are carried out in this book!
I think it is really interesting how you discuss both how the omission and the inclusion of certain details positively affected the book. On the one hand, keeping the characters race-less allowed freedom for readers to understand characters without having to attribute certain outcomes to race. On the other, the emphasis placed on the fractured family structure gave readers a critical topic that some may not ever experience. I think that instead of commenting on what could have been done by the writer, however, the focus should be more on how we can use the text already written and given to us to spark discussions about the topics the author includes/excludes or is biased about.
Great job, Susan! I really liked how you pointed out the inclusion and exclusion of certain details from the book. I also like how you talked about discussion of this book in the classroom!