Sunday, 7 November 2010

Review - Bad Girls In School

Children's Book Reviewer, Summer Edwards, took on reviewing Bad Girls In School at the link below.
Overall, Bad Girls in School was an okay read. It will certainly appeal to young Caribbean people who have a need to see Caribbean youth represented in literature in contemporary ways. It's key contribution I would say, is the way it challenges adultist perceptions of why young people behave the way they behave. Indeed, the figure of the Jamaican "bad gyal" is somehow demythologized, made understandable, human and therefore, sympathetic. I wouldn't call it a page-turner, but I'm glad that Harold swum against the current in writing a book about young Caribbean (Jamaican) people!
Taken from Summer Edwards Caribbean Children's Literature
Summer Edward is from Trinidad and Tobago and currently lives in Philadelphia. She founded Anasesem, an online magazine of Caribbean children's literature, in May, 2010. Her vision was to create a space to highlight the unique flavor of children's writing and illustration by Caribbean people and to thereby recognize and stimulate the children's publishing industry in the Caribbean. She earned a BAMagna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Psychology from Temple University and is currently a Master's student in the Reading, Writing, Literacy programme at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also in training to become certified as a Reading Specialist. Her poetry and art have appeared in publications such as BIM: Arts for the 21st Century, tongues of the ocean, St. Somewhere, The Columbia Review and Philadelphia Stories. She previously blogged about children's literature in general at Well-Loved Tales.