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Fantasy and science fiction | Class #4, 2016

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This week’s topic is “Beyond the World We Know” — a category that encompasses an extensive range of books, from magical realism to science fiction to the far away places of imaginary worlds. Jane Langton’s classic piece on fantasy from the 1973 Horn Book, “The Weak Place in the Cloth” provides an apt and lovely metaphor for the various ways that authors peek through, or break open, the barrier between reality and fantasy.

This week we are reading two novels: Far Far Away by Tom McNeal and Feed by M. T. Anderson. Students will also read Kristin Cashore’s piece “Hot Dog, Katsa!” on the pitfall-laden task of world-building. Please do your commenting on the three individual posts.

Lauren Adams About Lauren Adams

Lauren Adams teaches English and ELL at Natick High School and adolescent literature at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Formerly a Senior Editor for The Horn Book Magazine, she regularly contributes book reviews.

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