Wow, those look like some pretty intense books, fre. I must admit to never have hearing of them before. But if it keeps kids reading, especially reading BOOKS, I'm all in favor of it.
Sort of reminded me at first glimpse as a harder, more modern version of Go Ask Alice -- anyone remember that book and the controversy around it about it being a fake?
On a lighter note, Beverly Cleary's Ramona books and Judy Blume's Fudge books still make me laugh out loud.
And I'm not into fantasy, but for those of you who are (or whose kids are), the 3rd book in Chris Paolini's Inheritance trilogy is coming out in September. I've heard from those who are into the genre that they are amazing.
Gonna inject some comic book flavor into this thread.
"American Gothic" story arc of Swamp Thing written by Alan Moore illustrated by John Totleben and Stephen Bissette. Part horror, part love story. Amazing storyteller backed by exquisite art.
Sin City "The Hard Goodbye" written and illustrated by Frank Miller. Gritty, violent, ass-kicking simplicity by a master of the craft. Booze, Broads and Bullets. Nuff said.
Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Particularly "The Season of Mists" arc (issues #21-28). Illustrated by Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt and P. Craig Russell. Unparalleled storyteller, eclectic artwork, reworked myth at it's best.
The Watchmen limited series written by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons. Dark look at a seedy reality where very flawed, very human superheroes reign. Groundbreaking comic . Watchmen became known as a graphic novel which allowed the comic book to be recognized as a legitimate art form rather than just low brow entertainment.
I used to love "The Little Engine That Could". So one day I looked on line, found a copy, and ordered it. I told the children who were about 7 and 10 at the time, that I had sent away for a book that I loved as a child. Finally the big day came and the book was in the mail!. So I sat them down and started reading, and as I did, the childhood memories came flooding back. They seemed to be listening with rapt attention until one of them said..."Daddy is it almost time for dinner?".
Times have changed I guess.
The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese.
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Brick walls are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop people who don't want it badly enough.