Much has been written about the girl sleuth in fiction, a feminist figure embodying all the potential wit and drive of girlhood. Her male counterpart, however, has received much less critical attention despite his popularity in the wider culture. This collection of 11 essays examines the boy detective and his genre from a number of critical perspectives, addressing the issues of these young characters, heirs to the patriarchy yet still concerned with first crushes and soda shop romances. Series explored include the Hardy Boys, Tow Swift, the Three Investigators, Christopher Cool and Tim Murphy, as well as works by Astrid Lindgren, Mark Haddon and Joe Meno.
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As children Billy Argo and his sister Caroline solve a series of mysteries using a detective kit, but as an adult, Billy faces an uncertain future after his sister commits suicide and he finds himself trying to connect with the world again after a stay in
A family lives in a small village. Everyone in the family must do his or her part to provide for the family. It is the youngest son's job to herd the family's sheep. He must be very careful because a wolf is nearby. But the boy does not believe there is danger. He is bored with his work. He decides to trick his family and cry, "Wolf!" even though the wolf is not there. The family comes to him and is angry that he lies. The boy promises not to lie again, but he does anyway. He loses everyone's trust. When the wolf really arrives, no one believes the boy's cries. Will the boy save himself and the village.
Tom Gallagher finds himself in a tight spot. The fate of Dillontown rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. And it's all because Tom had to open his big mouth. If only he could get Dante Del Gato-the greatest hitter to ever play the game-to coach the team. But crazy ol' Del Gato hasn't spoken to folks in years, not after walking away from the game in disgrace just before his team played in its first World Series. Maybe Tom has one more hope: Cruz de la Cruz, the mysterious boy who just rode into town on horseback claiming to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Del Gato . . .
A 1989 MacArthur Award recipient and kindergarten teacher examines the role of stories and storytelling in teaching young children and addresses the development of culture in the classroom
The Boy is a fictionalized version of how one thirteen-year-old child makes a difference in changing the face of apartheid in South Africa. In 1976, Jonah Moloi stands up to the new law making Afrikaans the official language taught in schools. This language was considered the language of the white oppressors. The children's decisive action eventually brought about the end of apartheid. Jonah becomes the living symbol for equality and freedom. The novel follows Jonah as he leads the children through a hail of police bullets, leaving behind an efficient protest system before he is forced to flee. The Boy: And a Child Shall Lead Them will resonate with readers who believe in justice, and shows how one person can make a difference! Trevor Herron was born in South Africa and lived there through the Apartheid era. He immigrated with his family to Australia in 1998. "I am white, Afrikaans, and English. I am as much a part of the black groups, be they Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana, Sotho or any of the tribes of my beloved country, or be they of Malay or Indian descent. Their history is my history, and all have suffered and all have been victorious. In short, I am South African. I've written this story in the hope that the Rainbow Nation, as South Africa has become known, will become a bright, shining nation of one hue only. That there will not be black and white, English and Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana or Indian. That we will become a proud nation of South Africans able to look racism and hatred in the eye and stare it down." Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/TrevorHerron
Who is the boy? And whose body lies beneath a sheet of blue tarpaulin in the basement of a derelict brewery? The discovery of a chilling diary sends Sean Kennedy, once a foster father to the boy, on a desperate search to unlock the secrets of his tragic past and to learn the truth about the boy's part in the disintegration of Sean's family. The boy's compelling and protean personality (he is Devon to the keepers of the Boys' Home, Alex to the Fatman with whom he lives, Priestly to the young rent-boy who reveres him, and Durwood to Sean's daughter) arches over this disturbing novel and is mirrored in the lives of all the people Sean encounters. From these different perspectives we witness the boy's many incarnations, which reflect, aggravate, and distort the desires of those around him, involving these characters irrevocably in his own mysterious intentions. The boy keeps just beyond Sean's reach, then draws him into a final encounter that is both poignant and brutal. This first novel is a penetrating study of innocence and malice ineluctably bound. With his protean sexuality and personality, the boy insinuates himself into the lives of those he encounters. We witness how he feeds their deepest desires, nourishes their greatest needs, and involves them irrevocably in his own intentions. Winner of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Editors' Choice Award for 1998!
The story dealt with the twists arising out of rising age, maturity and growing practicality in our society. Many a times in our life we come across incidences or to put it better "Situations" where we are put into dilemma of whether to think practically or emotionally. In today's IT innovation age we are more leaned towards being pragmatic to attain material gains and that is all that matters for us. But we don't realize what we lose in that process. This story is to make you realize what we lose by thinking pragmatic each time and why to think emotionally at the moments needed is a good option. I would in turn like to have honest feedback on story, the writing and overall reading experience you have.