HOoT #1

So, a friend and I were lamenting the content of YA fiction in Australia. It began after a book promotion from "flightless bird" publications where the titles all seemed to involve:
  • a male protagonist (I think there were three females out of twenty titles)
  • the death of one or both parents
  • the removal of protagonist from familiar territory
  • cutting/ suicide/ anorexia/ mental illness and other such complications
  • a quirky and funny sidekick
Now, I'm not suggesting that it is easy to write a novel, or engage young readers who would rather be doing other things, but c'mon now!

So here I go on the lookout for books without any of the above criteria. Books I would be happy to let my class read. Here's hoping they're out there!

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