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EDEE 325 - Book Conversations

EDEE 325 - Book Conversations - 1 Stephanie-Phedra Boucher...

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1 Stephanie-Phedra Boucher 260691571 Book Conversation – Final Reflexion For this final book conversation, I wish to look more closely at the connections between Stella by Starlight , Fatty Legs and The Graveyard Book . Stella by Starlight is the story of a young Afro-American girl living and afflicted by segregation in North Carolina. Fatty Legs is the story of a young Aboriginal girl who wanting to get and education goes to residential schools and finds out that these school are cruel, unjust, and not educative in the way she was expecting. The Graveyard Book is the story of a young boy, whose family gets murdered when he is a baby, and who grows up in a graveyard surrounded by ghosts that protect him from the murderers still searching for him. All three books are fiction, although, both Stella by Starlight and Fatty Legs are based on true stories. Fiction and story telling gives a voice to the ones who are unheard, the imagery created in such works help break boundaries, and the fairy-tale like aspects makes the stories more appealing to children. (Mello) In all three books the fairy tale like elements happens at night. This makes sense given that imagination runs wilder at night. In Fatty Legs, Margaret/Olemaun says: “I held fairy tales and adventures to the window, desperate for escape, squinting in the darkness to catch the aquamarine glow of the northern lights” (p. 56). The northern light (are real and can be seen at night) but make Margaret think that she can escape. In Stella by Starlight , Stella would go out at night to look at the stars, because it made her fell like she could fly. Overall this book had very fiction/story like quality. In The Graveyard Book , Bod was basically raised by ghosts which could only be seen during night time. All three of these books have the themes of community and injustice that connect them. Community In all of these stories the main character is deeply touch by the unfolding events or the past events, and they use the support of their community (friends, family, neighbors, etc.) to move forward and past these events. The community serves as a protective shield or as a support.
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2 The community is some way or another helps the main character to get through the events befalling or that have befallen him/her. In
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