Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox was one of the first science fiction titles I ever read (Uglies by Scott Westerfeld was first).  Before I read either of these titles, I was pretty sure that sci fi was for geeks, nerds and other socially awkward types. It just wasn't cool. Then I became hooked on how the mix of technology, deceit and suspense came together to create something that I could. not. put. down. Now science fiction is practically all my students read.  And this trailer is another favorite.

P.S. The other day, while I was working on weeding the library's fiction collection, I came across Peter Dickinson's Eva (1990), which is about a girl who wakes up from a coma and can't remember her past.  She wakes up in the body of a chimpanzee, but I wonder if Pearson has read it and whether it inspired or influenced her.  It hadn't been checked out in many years and was a paperback in poor condition, so it wound up in the discard pile, but I've put it on my "to read someday" list. Anybody read it?

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  1. I've read Eva, and I think it came up in one of the classes (yours? another one?) when someone presented about The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I found Eva harder to read than a lot of more contemporary YA lit, and also sort of unsettling - almost like The Chocolate War in the sense that the ending might or might not be publishable today. (Part-humans, and characters negotiating bodies that seem completely foreign to them, is of course a great working metaphor in YA lit. Others off the top of my head are Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause and The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley.

  2. Also, it's a recent Phoenix Award winner ("should have won the Newbery" award given by the Children's Literature Association to a book that didn't win a major award 20 years earlier). Although I seem to remember that Eva *did* win some award, and that I read it off an award list, although I don't remember which one. http://www.childlitassn.org/images/resources/resources-Children-squo-s_Lit_-_Phoenix_Award_Brochure_2012.pdf