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Emily and the Bone Thief

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Title: Emily and the Bone Thief
Authors: Kenney, Yuri
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: "What are you writing?" "A novel for kids. It's set around 1905 and talks about some of the issues surrounding colonial attitudes and the marginalization of indigenous traditions." "Huh?" "It's a mystery book, with ghosts and stuff." "Oh! That's a cute idea." Cute is a strange word to describe what has to be the most influential category of literature. Everybody who reads for pleasure or edification started out with literature for young people. Children who read the way I remember reading are trying on different bodies, exploring alternate existences, and experimenting with realities in a way more profound and fundamental than most adult readers. I, for one, have lost that ability to sink into another life for the length of a book; I'm too aware of my own skin nowadays. I can see my margins and can't completely shake loose of the awareness of my real-life boundaries. Yet, examining and challenging boundaries is endlessly fascinating. Where are the edges between this world and the next? What is the delineation between child and adult? Between the everyday 'us' and the exotic 'them'? Why is one different than the other?
Pages/Duration: 146 pages
Rights: All UHM Honors Projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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