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Pat Schmatz

Autor(a) de Bluefish

6+ Works 647 Membros 44 Críticas

About the Author

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Obras por Pat Schmatz

Bluefish (2011) 310 exemplares
Lizard Radio (2015) 194 exemplares
The Key to Every Thing (2018) 56 exemplares
Mousetraps (2008) 46 exemplares
Mrs. Estronsky and the U.F.O. (2001) 13 exemplares

Associated Works

Hers³: Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbian Writers (1999) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1960
Sexo
non-binary
Nacionalidade
USA
Locais de residência
Wisconsin, USA
Organizações
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

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https://fromtheheartofeurope.eu/the-new-mother-by-eugene-fischer-and-lizard-radi...

There are a lot of dystopian YA novels around, and frankly I’m beginning to find them a bit formulaic, but this is a different matter with a sparkling and nervous energy about it. Kivali, the genderqueer protagonist, is sent to a re-education camp in a dystopian near future, and must negotiate quasi-parental relationships, friends and potential lovers, and the ever-present threat of “vaping”, which in this case means physically spontaneously evaporating, rather than any recreational vapour consumption. The protagonist’s vocabulary is just abit off-kilter and that keeps you as a reader on your toes. I’m surprised that I hadn’t heard of this before, and well done to the Tiptree / Otherwise judges for picking it out of the field.… (mais)
 
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nwhyte | 7 outras críticas | Mar 24, 2024 |
What a strange, strange book.
 
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whakaora | 7 outras críticas | Mar 5, 2023 |
Though this was written about eighth graders, I found the style to be delightful and the characters compelling.

The story was mostly written from a third person omniscient point of view from Travis's perspective, but every chapter had something from Velveeta's perspective. This worked quite quaintly. The sections were short enough that they didn't hinder. Velveeta's voice was so, well, Velveeta, and it really helped to build up her character.

I felt at points that the characters were a little too mature for eighth graders, but then I realized that I was wrong and that yes, in eighth grade it really is important who one goes to the dance with. Their actions were very real and really reminded me of what it was like to be that age.

I didn't even notice that Travis was disabled, just that he hadn't been taught in the right ways for him. He was just a regular kid with regular problems, and I felt him so hard when he had trouble admitting his struggles. His teacher was very admirable.

The strongest aspect of the story was definitely the writing. Schmatz definitely had a compelling style and her words were both simple yet captivating, and she cleverly crafted his story.

I don't commonly find stories about middle schoolers strong, but this one was quite fascinating. With its strong writing, I highly recommend it for anyone in the age group.
… (mais)
 
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whakaora | 21 outras críticas | Mar 5, 2023 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
6
Also by
1
Membros
647
Popularidade
#39,006
Avaliação
4.0
Críticas
44
ISBN
35

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