Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Meg Cabot and Shannon Hale
Meg Cabot is chick lit, all right? But she's funny and clever and she knows her target audience well. So I let my 9 year old read the Princess Diaries, and she's a very emotionally intelligent 9 year old. But these last two books (7 & 8) are a lot about "Should one Do It with your boyfriend?" Fair enough questions, but the 9 year old seems to be taking it in stride. Should I be worried?
Shannon Hale has always written about strong, intelligent heroines who think out of the box, who find and gather community, and are not afraid to provide leadership. The heroes in her writing are simply heroes because they recognise and support this. Brilliant! My sister sent me Princess Academy on my birthday for one of the kids, but I admit I read this for myself (and I've read her other books!)
Right, just play catch up on my last four books: The Art of Undressing by Susan Lehmann, Innocent Mage by Karen Miller, Firewife by Tinling Choong and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman - and then I can just do them as I read 'em.