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  •  It depends what the effect is. I don't mean (2+ / 0-)
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    just because something is popular.

    For me, the books said that it's okay to not be just like everyone else.

    •  I agree. It said it's okay to be yourself, and (1+ / 0-)
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      those who want to make everyone the same are doing something deeply wrong.  And it says there is incredible beauty and wonder in the world, despite the darkness.

      AWIT is the kind of book that breeds resiliency in kids. It doesn't surprise me to learn that L'Engle was isolated and unhappy while growing up.  She wrote a book which convincingly portrays, for children, a world in which there's a lot of darkness and grimness.  The book in effect says to kids who are lost, miserable, or abandoned: yeah, I know.  Yeah, it's hard.  Yet, it also says, there's companionship, love, and joy to be found. There are bonds that endure.

      This is a powerful message, and that particular kind of effect is more important than weaknesses in pacing.

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