Employment inChildren’s lit

            On this Labor Day I’ve been thinking about employment and unemployment.  I’ve tried to come up with children’s books that feature young people at work.  The Kenneth Oppel steampunk series shows Matt Cruse hard at work on an airship.  The third in the series, Starclimber, shows him in training to go into outer space and portrays a competent, but fairly humble 17-year-old.  Scott Westerfeld’s steampunk series also provides a good model of a working girl disguised as a boy, again on outlandish, living air machines.  And who could be more hard-working than Cadnis in Collins’ Hunger Games series? What other books come to mind?

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About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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