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12/29/2009

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mommalibrarian

These books play to the boys feelings of inadequacy and lack of power.  They go over the top to correct the situation.  My nephew has read by Hatchet by Gary Paulsen multiple times in that same quest.  Comic books and cartoons give animals, children and adults super powers.  Genre ficiton; westerns, science fiction, fantasy and even mysteries exaggerate the power of the individual.  Only in literature is the hero left naked, armed only slightly as we all are by a basic set of wits.  The trick here is sometimes that the hero makes mistakes the reader never would and thereby gives the reader a sense of superiority.  Do you know of any youth books that attack the power issue this way - by making the reader stronger than the character?  

vtpanther

Do you know of any youth books that attack the power issue this way - by making the reader stronger than the character?







I can think of a few books that I read the boys as kids that had a main character who was less of everything than average. Less brave, less bright, less tech savvy. Sort of Walter Mittly Like characters who were considered too nerdy to be popular. I remember as a kid I myself used to read Alfred Hitccock and the three Investigator's series and in those there were three boys who, individually had various strengths and weaknesses and solved crimes by combining them. There was something about that formula that appealed to me because I too had strengths and weaknesses. 

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