Children's literature: ordinary sexism and feminism

Youth Literature: Ordinary Sexism and Feminism

MISE À DAY

Lara and her two good friends are entering their final year of high school. Unlike Juliane and Alasie, Lara has no idea where the future will take her. She feels like she has no passion! Following an involuntary misstep on her part, Lara is ridiculed on social networks and at school. Her friends move away from her. The teenager comes to realize the “weight” of being a woman…

The first volume of Florence Darveau's new young adult trilogy is described as a “literally devouring novel”… and that's exactly the case! It is refreshing, current, authentic writing, full of drive and guts. A writing that is a tad vulgar at times (the dialogues of the characters are stuffed with swear words, but we come to understand what justifies this choice of language), which strikes and upsets. 

There are honestly no dull moments in this story. The author succeeds perfectly in tackling sensitive but necessary subjects, such as feminism and ordinary sexism, without this slowing down the pace of her plot. Very well done!

Incursion into high school

Through the reflections of Lara and her friends and the adventures they live, we have the impression of having a glimpse of adolescence, in the current era…

The author's approach to feminism and mainstream sexism is brilliant, as the main character gradually realizes that these are gestures she sees in her everyday life – a boy lifting his girlfriend's skirt to “laugh” in front of her. everyone, a physical education teacher who separates guys and girls because guys have the “right” to progress faster in their sport – but she's only just beginning to grasp the magnitude of this and the actual content.

The second volume of this trilogy will appear in the spring. If it's as good and to the point as the first, it's definitely a literary outing to watch. 

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CREEPY CAT T.1

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M.I.A. – MY AUGMENTED REALITY

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SHERLOCK, LUPIN & ME – SEARCHING FOR PRINCESS ANASTASIA

London, 1919. Irene Adler was in exile in New York for a few years, but she is back in London, in the precise goal of reconnecting with his friends Sherlock Holmes and Arsène Lupin. She hopes they can help her protect her adopted daughter, who is unwittingly involved in the disappearance of Princess Anastasia. Will the trio be able to save both Mila and the princess at the same time? Sherlock, Lupine & moi, a beautiful collection of detective novels for young readers who relish puzzles and investigations, just as much as the legendary Sherlock Holmes and Arsène Lupin!