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You and I were all over this one over at Leila's a...

2007-04-01T16:24:00.000-07:00

You and I were all over this one over at Leila's and I'm very glad to see you continue with it here.

I still don't understand why anyone would think they could use the Holocaust for an allegory for something else - that is just bizarre to me. But you are right about details - if you are going to write historical fictoin (for whatever reason) then you need to be historically accurate; that is what the genre is all about (or should be anyway).

This is a great post - keep them up!

Chasing Ray



What a great post. I haven't read The Boy in the S...

2007-03-28T22:09:00.000-07:00

What a great post. I haven't read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, but I appreciated this quote of yours nonetheless:

"Historical events aren't playthings for writers who want to make a point. Details matter, especially to the relatives and descendants of those to whom those details happened."

So true, and so well said!



I'm so glad to see this post. I HATED The Boy in ...

2007-03-25T10:24:00.000-07:00

I'm so glad to see this post. I HATED The Boy in Striped Pajamas, too! So loathsome. I wanted to like it at first, but by the end there was no point. So awful.



Good morning,Google alert told me you'd mentioned ...

2007-03-24T09:07:00.000-07:00

Good morning,

Google alert told me you'd mentioned my blog, so I came here to read your post.

The work of people at Oyate is outstanding. A BROKEN FLUTE is just one of their pubs. It was preceded by THROUGH INDIAN EYES, edited by Slapin and Seale.

By the way, Beverly Slapin sends me reviews to put on my blog. WALK TWO MOONS is one.



Phantom Scribbler,I most definitely agree with you...

2007-03-24T04:28:00.000-07:00

Phantom Scribbler,

I most definitely agree with you about Joseph Bruchac! He is a warm, extremely knowledgeable, and impressive individual. His son Jim is a talented storyteller like his father--and does wonderful presentations of Native American tales with children.



Back when I read unsolicited submissions to a lite...

2007-03-24T02:56:00.000-07:00

Back when I read unsolicited submissions to a literary agent, I swear, every tenth manuscript was about the Holocaust. Every one of them was horrible.

Finally, it dawned on me that good writers don’t need the Holocaust to tug at the reader’s heartstrings, only bad ones do. After that, I started rejecting them pretty much automatically.



This is a thought provoking post that illustrates ...

2007-03-23T14:07:00.000-07:00

This is a thought provoking post that illustrates the need for accurate research in historical fiction. For those of us who labor over the correctness of details, this is validation!

Thanks for visitng my blog, too! Please let me know if your library orders a copy of LIKE A MACCABEE and I'll send you a signed book plate and some bookmarks for your young readers!



When I was a little girl devouring books, the raci...

2007-03-23T08:52:00.000-07:00

When I was a little girl devouring books, the racial stereotypes of Caddie Woodlawn and the Little House books were more like uncomfortable pebbles in my shoes-- I remember thinking, "How odd," but reading along because I loved the stories so much. Now, I still love the books for the stories, but those "pebbles" are more like jutting rocks. And really, they should be. Somewhere, something clicked that there wasn't a "Native American nation" where everyone worshipped the Great Spirit.



Ah, thank you for the resources in this post. We ...

2007-03-23T08:37:00.000-07:00

Ah, thank you for the resources in this post. We are very much in need of them here, for various unbloggable reasons that go far beyond our current go-through of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books.

(I once had the privilege of hosting a book signing for Joseph Bruchac, and can't speak highly enough of him. Thank you for reminding me, Elaine!)



Kathy, I have exactly the same reaction when I hea...

2007-03-23T08:29:00.000-07:00

Kathy, I have exactly the same reaction when I hear actors do a fake Maine accent.

The premiere episode of Passions was especially bad, if I remember correctly.

I can't believe I just admitted to watching that.



Thanks for this post! Joseph Bruchac was the most ...

2007-03-23T07:02:00.000-07:00

Thanks for this post! Joseph Bruchac was the most recent speaker for the PAS North Shore Council, a local affiliate of the Massachusetts Reading Association and the IRA. He also visited with the students in the children's literature course I teach at BU. He recommended THE BROKEN FLUTE and the website oyate.org. He said that Ann Rinaldi's MY HEART IS ON THE GROUND was a bad book. He also spoke of THE INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD series.

Here's a link to my Joseph Bruchac post at Blue Rose Girls:
http://bluerosegirls.blogspot.com/
2007/03/joseph-bruchac.html

Joe's older son Jim visited our area the following week--and I had the pleasure of spending time with him as well.

http://bluerosegirls.blogspot.com/
2007/03/james-bruchacnative-american-author.html



I loved your comparisons about why you did not lik...

2007-03-23T06:31:00.000-07:00

I loved your comparisons about why you did not like the book. I can't think of a specific book, but I know when I watch a movie set in Boston or New England it REALLY bothers me when actors use a fake Massachusetts accent (which I spent years in college getting rid of!) and i think it bother me because I can call my parents and hear the REAL thing and I know what it is suppsoe to sound like - kind of like an author taking liberty on historical facts.

I have not read the book and don't plan to.



Awesome, Book Book. Excellent post.

2007-03-23T05:57:00.000-07:00

Awesome, Book Book. Excellent post.



See? Don't you feel a bit better? It's good to l...

2007-03-23T05:08:00.000-07:00

See? Don't you feel a bit better? It's good to let these rants out occasionally.

I'll have to pick up A Broken Flute when I get a chance. It sounds like one that's well worth checking out.