Monday, 4 January 2010
However, recently I have started to review a YA novel and found it intriguing. One reason, many YA novels are filled with tidbits of information I've had to research on the internet. Maybe because YA authors want to educate the readers not only entertain. Whatever the reason, I find myself constantly researching!
For example, the novel I'm reviewing the writer tells a story about a girl who goes to John Marshall High School in California. The high school really exists and she's obviously been there. She mentions a lot about the architecture of not only the school but of various neighborhoods around. Since starting the book, I have done research on the high school, I've watched a video by Van Halen that was filmed there, I've researched Neutra houses and the neighborhood Silverlake.
I'm so much smarter than a 5th grader now!
This isn't the only YA fiction where research is needed. My son reads a series called: The Guild of Specialists and he constantly researches things relating to that book.
These are some photos from the book:
Now my son is smarter than a 5th grader!
I think it's important to entertain your reader that way once and awhile. I do admit wanting to read or watch shows purely for escapism but for a book to challenge the mind. Wonderful!