Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Criss Cross

Author: Lynn Rae Perkins

First line: She wished something would happen.

Why you should read this book: Debbie's dream of something happening is realized in a series of revelations, some true, some illusory, that form the scaffolding of understanding. Her story is interwoven with those of the other people in her small community, told in a playful, deconstructionist style that reimagines the roles of text, illustration, point of view, and theme. It's a book that reminds the reader that something is always happening, but the viewer's burden is to open the eyes and look.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You believe clear-cut conflict is the cornerstone of literature.

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