The reason I wanted to write a post about ‘adventure books for girls’ is because Saltwater Taffy is not simply a book for those reluctant tweenage boys. Sure, the main character of Saltwater Taffy is a boy, but one of the most liked characters in the ensemble cast of Saltwater Taffy is the character of Jaq…a girl!
When a writer sits down to write adventure books for girls, the first order of business is to make sure they create strong female characters. All too often, the writer makes the mistake of creating weak ‘damsels in distress’ situations so the hero, the boy, can come in and ‘save the day’ on his proverbial white horse. To this, I have to say, blahhhhhh….boring, boring, boring.
While the damsel in distress archetype might work for other forms of literature, it does Read more