I have talented friends, and they write fantastic books. Today I’d like to talk about two recent releases because they are so incredibly different, and yet have so much in common.
Let’s compare the books:
Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
- Male author, male main character
- Science fiction (post-apocalyptic)
- Setting is wild and dangerous, very “Person vs. Nature”
- Cover marks it as a “boy” book
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
- Female author, female main character
- Fantasy (historical)
- Setting is upperclass society, very “Person vs. Person”
- Cover marks it as a “girl” book
Opposite ends of the spectrum, yes? But what’s not apparent are the way Fisher (Greg’s book) and Kat (Steph’s book) fight for what they believe in. The way they are both resourceful, and scared, and brave, and willing to learn and grow. The way they both want to make a better life for themselves and for the people (or mammoths) they love.
Fisher fights giant parrots and rogue tech. Kat battles nefarious magic users and highwaymen. In many ways, they are both alone on their journeys — struggling to make sense of their power, and of the world. Along the way they make enemies and friends, and a whole lot of jokes, too.
I wish we lived in a world where girls and boys would eagerly pick up both books, devour them, and talk about mammoths and magic in the same sentences. I wish we lived in a world where adults encouraged them to do so.
Because really, no kid should miss out on either of these amazing books.
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