In real life, there are few charming princes or fairy godmothers, but that does not mean female protagonists cannot thrive. The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One is an atypical approach to addressing the issue of gender equality in the modern day.
The story focuses on the negative treatment of women in society, with special attention to abuse and eating disorders. Within the story, comparisons to flames reference the scalding inequality women have faced for centuries. The author encourages the reader to embrace their flames, accept themselves, and disregard society’s misleading images. The book’s lines cut directly into one’s hopes and worries."
BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
Lovelace addresses the book to all of the princesses and queens. It is a great choice for teenage girls who have gone through difficult experiences or are burning for inspiration and encouragement. This is the second book in the Woman Are Some Kind of Magic series. However, one does not need to read the first book to understand this story
Poetry is the medium for this exploration of gender perception and equality. It is a GREAT choice for teen discussions - yes, including boys!
The Witch Doesn't Die in This One is an adult book, and therefore is not for preteens. It is suitable for high school students (like our reviewer) who can appreciate the themes and nuances.
This free verse poetry novel is a self-described “overdue love letter to each & every woman.”
Whether you choose to talk about the history and/or "timelessness" of gender equality or focus on the way the poetry presents these themes, this is a book meant for reflection and sharing. Here's what our teen reviewer says:
"The story asserts several key points. First, it argues female unity is crucial in the fight for equality. Second, it encourages individuals to share their stories and write for those who have never been heard. Third, it reminds readers that sympathy and kindness are essential to becoming a true queen. Finally, it states the magic of determination will continue to fuel the flames of all movements.
13 and Up
13 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 16