It’s time for another adventure in Kate’s 6 Degrees of Separation Meme from her blog, Books Are My Favourite and Best. We are given a book to start with, and from there we free associate six books.
This month’s assignment is to start with the book that we ended with last month.
That was The Pig Man by Paul Zindel, which I described as a “seminal work in the movement to portray teenagers and their lives realistically (well before the designation young adult literature came into use).”
Another author who wrote about teenagers before young adult literature became a thing is Robert Cormier. His 1977 novel I Am the Cheese is one of the most chilling novels I’ve ever read.
Although I Am the Cheese made a lasting impression on me, Robert Cormier is more widely known for his earlier (1974) novel The Chocolate War.
Ah, the sweetness of chocolate. It reminds me of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, the first entry in his Flavia de Luce series (and the only one I’ve read, because I found little Flavia utterly unbearable).
A particular pie becomes a significant plot element in The Help by Kathryn Stockett (scroll down to #5 on the linked page).
The Help describes the lives of the Black women who work as maids, housekeepers, and nannies for white families in Mississippi. The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb includes a young Black man’s experience driving through another place in the deep South in the U.S. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).
We hear about lots of conspiracies nowadays. A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss informs us that conspiracy is not a new concept. This novel centers around the stockmarket in London in the 18th century.
Where did your 6 Degrees of Separation journey take you this month?
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