Magic, Prophetic, and Sacred Books: Making Communities of Readers

  • Elisabeth Rose GrunerEmail author
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


This chapter explores how teen readers approach sacred or prophetic texts within both realistic and fantasy novels. It can be dangerous to read, these novels suggest, and perhaps especially dangerous to take on the task of interpretation—a task with little economic benefit and some risk. Such reading, however, empowers the young protagonists of these novels and may provide a model for deep reading that, crucially, involves developing a community of readers. These books challenge the common perception of reading as a solitary act, providing a new method for reading both against and within community.

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  1. 1.RichmondUSA

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