Aug 01, 08
Read in August, 2008
This book is a wonderful bridge between Harry Potter and classical literature: Shakespeare, Austen, the Greek classics, Blake, Milton and more. The author is an English teacher. I wish I knew about this book when niece Hannah was struggling with her Shakespeare class and the concept of literary alchemy. Granger is a bit long-winded and over technical when it comes to his discussion of literary alchemy but teachers and parents, take note. Once you have "cracked the code" with Granger and explain it to your kids in "Potter" language they will be viewing Freshman English class with new eyes. This has also been a fun book for kids who reread the Potter books (yes, Cait and Matthew; I am talking about you). It's fun to be able to look for more secrets inside the stories.