YA REWIND: The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl

Hey, look at that, I made a podcast. Turns out any idiot can do it.

So welcome to YA Rewind, a look back at fiction for children and young adults from the perspective of an ‘almost’ grown-up. In the first episode I talk about what YA fiction is, and thoughts on The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More after more than a decade.

Seven superb stories, from the world’s no. 1 storyteller: Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A cleaver mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins.

Think of this as a test run – I hope to be able to do more with it in the future, and I definitely hope other people will add their voices. I forgot to mention that the collection was first published in 1977, though several stories appeared in print beforehand.

In the mean time, give it a listen and let me know what you think. The email for the podcast is YARewindPodcast@meganchristopher.net if you have stories to share for future shows about your own favorite books from young adulthood.

The next book I’ll be discussing is The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander.

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