Thursday, January 31, 2013
Today my friend Ed Goldberg (of the blog Two Heads Together, among other things) sent word that Undercover has been remembered by Jennifer Miskec and Katy J. Stein in a February 2013 VOYA article called "Classics Outside of the Classroom."
From the article:
Over the last decade, young adult literature has seen a minor boom in the publication of adaptations of classic literature. What can be an English teacher's best friends, books like Sharon Draper's version of Romeo and Juliet (Romiette and Julio) makes Verona a little more imaginable; Beth Kephart's Undercover, Cyrano d'Bergerac recast with fifteen-year-old Elisa, makes Cyrano just like one of us. These adaptations can be a useful bridge between the teen reader's own life and the privileged space of classic literature, because authors modernize—and sometimes even sanitize—the famous stories, making them both familiar and educational for a new audience.
The piece goes on to describe a number of YA literary adaptations, including a beautiful long paragraph dedicated to Undercover.
I am indebted to the authors. I am indebted, as well, to Ed. I had always hoped that classroom teachers would discover Undercover and make it part of a broader curricula.