My Top 10 Young Adult & Middle-Grade Novels About Drugs and Addiction

at The Fix: The YA addiction novel has become its own mini-industry. Which ones offer insight instead of hawking clich├ęs? Below you'll find the best addiction-related YA and middle-grade fiction I could find. more--and a couple notes. That Alaya Dawn Johnson joint is like the most DC thing I've ever read, it was glorious. I wrote earlier about the book and movie of The Spectacular Now.I just realized that I left off Because of Winn-Dixie literally by mistake! It really should have ranked … [Read more...]

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Question for Readers Who Know YA/Middle-Grade Books

Hi y'all. I'm looking for books where a main character is an alcoholic, for a middle-grade or YA audience.That's the bull's-eye of the target. Outer circles of the target are books with a subsidiary alcoholic character (I already know about Haymitch so apparently I'm going to venture into the Hunger Games books, pray for me); books with main characters who are addicted to other drugs, including fictional drugs; books where a main character goes through a period of heavy drinking that isn't … [Read more...]

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“Summer of ’90: ‘The Witches'”: Slant Magazine

on the last great children's nightmare factory of the 1980s: Children's movies are traditionally designed to comfort. There's an unspoken contract between parent and filmmaker: "For the next 90 minutes, your child will be entertained, but not threatened. No need to worry about your little darlings waking up at three in the morning, bawling in terror. This movie is guaranteed not to trouble anyone's mind. Most people are inherently good. The bad guys don't win."Children's movies, for the … [Read more...]

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The Butcher Birds: Lloyd Alexander, “The Kestrel”

I recently read a q&a with two authors in which one of them, Rachel Manija Brown, was asked for recommendations of books on post-traumatic stress. She's written some really clear & useful posts on the subject, so I was interested in what she'd say--and especially intrigued when she cited a children's fantasy novel as "one of my favorite depictions of how war can make people completely lose their minds, and how some of them come back from that and some don't."I'd read a couple of the … [Read more...]

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Hell Is for Children: “Krabat,” A New Entry in the Field of Scary Christmas Movies

For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.-Gal 5:1 One of my favorite novels when I was a girl was The Satanic Mill, by Ottfried Preussler. The title is not a metaphor or an allusion; the book is about a mill that is run by a man who has sold his soul to Satan. An orphan child finds his way to the mill and enters its sinister brotherhood, getting to know the other apprentices and journeymen--and, eventually, learning magic alongside … [Read more...]

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Tove Jansson’s “Alice in Wonderland”

EDITED: I can't show you the pictures for copyright reasons, but please, CLICK HERE!!! You owe it to yourself. … [Read more...]

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“Ivan Bilibin’s Russian Wonder Tales”

One of my favorite picture books when I was a child--second only to Tomie de Paola's Prince of the Dolomites--was a retelling of "The Tale of Czar Saltan" with Bilibin's illustrations.see them here! … [Read more...]

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