Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 23, 2008

Keturah and Elsewhere

Filed under: Lit Circle Picks — erinlbowman @ 9:49 am

Hey guys,

For lit circle this week, we read two books Keturah and Lord Death and Elsewhere. I really enjoyed both of them and would recommend them for you to read. I have not read much fantasy in my experience, and never thought that I would enjoy it. These books however do more than play around with things that could never happen, they offer hope and something to really think about. Both novels discussed death, and how horrible it is in the beginning, however both protagonists end up accepting it and seeing it differently. They help others, they console others, they struggle, and they fight.

Both novels were very strong and very unique. I do really enjoy how fantasy has twists and turns that other genres can’t have because of the restrictions of reality. Though I had always thought of fantasy to have happy endings, I actually (sad to admit it) cried at the end of each. This is proof of how much I really got into the stories and felt like I was there.

I think that others of you who may not be fans of fantasy or that really love fantasy should, if you haven’t already, read these books. I can’t wait to discuss them in class!




  1. Erin,

    I agree with your idea that these two novels are both about acceptance. The ability to come
    to terms and make peace with things outside of your control is maybe the most important lesson
    in life.


    Comment by scrollman — April 23, 2008 @ 10:41 am

  2. Hi Erin,
    I’m glad you liked them so much. Did you prefer one over the other? I think I liked Elsewhere more the Keturah and Lord Death. Keturah had that romantic appeal, but I latched onto the voice in Elsewhere. A girl in my class was immediately interested in Keturah. How do you think this book will work differently for girls than it will for boys?

    Comment by jwill7 — April 23, 2008 @ 6:43 pm

  3. I think I enjoyed Elsewhere more, it was the one of the two that I literally could not put down, it took me three and a half straight hours to read. However I really liked Keturah too. It’s hard to say, but I think I would recommend them as first time fantasy to different types of readers, which I look forward to discussing tonight in class.


    Comment by erinlbowman — April 24, 2008 @ 12:00 pm

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