Fiction for Children and Young Adults
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Books for children and young adults shape ideas about poverty during a formative period of socialisation and are often remembered and revisited later in life. There seems to be a strong tendency in this segment of the book market to show that the poor can have agency and help themselves, and more generally that poverty and inequality can be overcome and should be resisted, both individually and socially. A part from historical fiction for young readers (such as Livi Michael’s The Whispering Road), the chapter looks at Melvin Burgess’s The Hit and discusses it as a response to recent social unrest in the UK.
KeywordsMelvin Burgess children’s fiction Livi Michael Victorian poor young adult fiction
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