Kit’s Wilderness is a novel that is very realistic but includes fantastical elements. Kit is a 13 year old boy whose family has recently moved back to the town in which is grandfather grew up. Part of the story revolves around Kit’s grandfather’s declining health and mental state. I identified with this aspect of the story the most having gone through it with my grandmother for the last 3-5 years. I think that a lot of students can identify with that as well. The other big part of the story is the relationship between Kit and another boy, and their connection to the history of the town. This is where ghosts and fantasy come into play in the story. I liked the book, but generally prefer stories that have little to know fantasy in them- if they are supposed to be realistic stories. I think this novel could be used in a classroom setting. Teen boys may be inclined to enjoy this book as it is very male centered. There is also a female character that plays a somewhat central role, so girls in class won’t feel completely left out. I’d say this book is good for a 7-8th grade classroom.
A Michael L. Printz Award Winner
An ALA Notable Book
A “Publishers Weekly ” Best Book
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editor’s Choice
A Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year
Filed under: ALA Awards, Classroom Read, Fitting In, Grief, Individual Read, New Kid, Poverty, Pre/Early Teen, Printz Award, Realistic Fiction, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Teen Boys, Teen Girls | Tagged: ALA Awards, David Almond, Printz Award, YA Literature, Young Adult |