Posted by Magnus Smith on June 02, 2016 at 02:37:54 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Re: New S&A film (again & again) posted by Martin Honor on June 01, 2016 at 00:27:15:
Martin asks: I am rather out of touch with what youngsters are reading today. Do the popular books still feature the freedoms of those I mentioned?
The answer is yes! But not all books, of course. Here's a sample of the most popular multi-book authors from my daughters' bookshelves (last 5 years, approx). I am generalising/summarising heavily here...
The Hunger Games: Child protagonist is main carer for her family (trespasses daily into massive woodland area to hunt for food), then goes into an arena to battle other children to the death. Adults stick to politics.
Anything by David Walliams: Child protagonist usually has to sort out troublesome adult. Family are present but often unhelpful. Set within confines of a town.
Anything by Jacqueline Wilson: Stories usually depict dysfunctional family, or deal with first romances. Set within confines of a town.
Anything by Michael Morpurgo: Huge variety. I can think of at least one which qualifies as exploration/freedom/adventure with no parents.
Anything by Louis Sachar: Varies. One or two have exploration/freedom/adventure with no parents.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Set in school and at home.
Artemis Fowl series: Child protagonist is a criminal mastermind!
Alex Rider series: Child protagonist is an international spy! Adventure occurs in a different way, where the adult safety net comes and goes.
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