Monday, November 10, 2008

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of so-called conspiracy theories and similar wacky ideas, and they just don’t show up enough in YA books. You can imagine how pleased I was when last year’s Printz went to The White Darkness, by Geraldine McCaughrean, a pretty good book about a man obsessed with proving that the earth is hollow and the naïve girl who semi-unwittingly gets dragged along on his treacherous journey to the Antartic to find the truth.

Yes, “Uncle” Victor is presented as a dangerous kook—and is—but I really appreciate that he’s never specifically proven wrong. When he falls down the hole that he hopes is an opening to the inner earth, it’s never quite stated that he falls to his death, only that as he loses his grip his face reveals that he suddenly realizes the truth. What if the truth is not that he was wrong all along, but that he’s found what he hoped for? Unlikely, of course, but it doesn’t matter. The point is, I love reading about weird stuff.

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