Fuse #8

Monday, February 27, 2006

Canada's greedy for a J.K. Rowling of their own

As one poster on Child_Lit put it,
"The NATIONAL POST of Canada does its best to create the nation's own rags-to-riches writer of fantasy for young people".Note how Penguin's press release doesn't say anything about the book's content, even while proclaiming that the "style and content" are what make it stand out. Canada's QUILL & QUIRE blog notes the familiarity of the storyline that Penguin was really selling: Call us cynics, but we can’t help but notice how certain parts of Skelton’s story – the enormous advance he received for a fantasy novel that’s just waiting to be YA’s next big thing and, more importantly, his underplayed middle-class background and overemphasized recent poverty – seem strangely reminiscent of the biography of a university-educated, former short-term welfare-mom cum multimillionaire named J.K. Rowling.


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