Welcome to Twice Upon a Time

This blog offers additional materials that relate to the matters discussed in my book Alternating Narratives in Fiction for Young Readers: Twice Upon a Time, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017. The book discusses the structural, educational, and ideological implications of novels for young readers which contain fragments of narrative in juxtaposition with each other. It…

Karen Hesse’s Brooklyn Bridge (US 2008)

Karen Hesse’s Brooklyn Bridge (US 2008) intriguingly alternates narratives to create a puzzle and allow readers to solve it in ways that reveal previously hidden connections and their significance. Brooklyn Bridge starts out seeming to be a certain kind of book–and continues to seem to be that for a very long time.  But as it…

Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels

Margo Lanagan’s Tender Morsels (Australia 2008) engages alternations of third-person and first-person narrative for thematic purposes. Most of this novel is a third-person narrative about a woman and her two daughters who live in a world of forests and villages that sounds much like the typical setting of European fairy tales–appropriately so, for the plot…

Gary Crew and Philip Neilsen’s Edward Britton

Gary Crew and Philip Neilsen’s Edward Britton (Australia 2000) represents two characters in two alternating narratives who turn out to have important connections even though they never actually talk with each other. The two stories have the same setting, a prison for boys in Tasmania in the early Victorian period. Edward Britton is a former…

Kevin Major’s Ann and Seamus

To begin with, the two narratives of Ann and Seamus (Canada 2003), Kevin Major’s verse novel based on actual historical events also seems, seem to lack variational relationships,. A first reading of this novel suggests that it offers sections focalized successively through both of the two characters named in its title only so that readers…

Bebe Faas Rice’s The Place at the Edge of the Earth

The two alternating narratives of Bebe Faas Rice’s The Place at the Edge of the Earth (USA 2002) tell of Jonah Flying Cloud, a new arrival at an Indian residential school in the eighteen eighties, and Jenny Muldoon, a young girl in our present who moves to the army post that once housed the school….