Wondrous way to compliment a Shakespeare curriculum

Cover art of the novel Wondrous StrangeI mentioned Wondrous Strange a few weeks ago when it was shortlisted for the 2010 Young Adult Book Award (to be presented at the CLA conference). Rather than review what I enjoyed about it I want to discuss what will appeal to teens and what opportunities it presents for librarians and teachers.

Teens will like

  • The struggling artist main character
  • The romance
  • The action
  • The mix of contemporary life and fantasy
  • The struggle to deal with difficult parents and the fear of becoming like them

Librarians and teachers can use this book when they

  • help a teen struggling with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • help a teen who loves A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • have a teen asking about strong young female protagonists
  • are looking for book about Fairies

Lesley Livingston has begun a series that will be sure to attract further attention and should be collected by libraries.

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