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The Crossover Novel

Contemporary Children's Fiction and Its Adult Readership, 1st Edition

By Rachel Falconer


264 pages

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"Highly recommended" by Choice

While crossover books such as Rowling's Harry Potter series have enjoyed enormous sales and media attention, critical analysis of crossover fiction has not kept pace with the growing popularity of this new category of writing and reading. Falconer remedies this lack with close readings of six major British works of crossover fiction, and a wide-ranging analysis of the social and cultural implications of the global crossover phenomenon. A uniquely in-depth study of the crossover novel, Falconer engages with a ground-breaking range of sources, from primary texts, to child and adult reader responses, to cultural and critical theory.


"Well written and documented, this accessible volume, with its extensive bibliography, will be valuable for those interested in children's literature - highly recommended" -- Choice, March 2009

"The Crossover Novel is an exhaustively researched and deeply theoretical approach to the phenomenon of crossover literature…provides an excellent groundwork for further study in this arena of children's literature."

-- Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Summer 2009, Vol. 34, No. 2

"[Falconer] seems genuinely interested in getting to the heart of profound questions of readership….What makes Falconer’s book so strong is that, although she may invoke her voracious child-reader self, she doesn’t settle for easy answers." --The Lion and the Unicorn 33 (2009)

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword


Introduction A Decade of Border Crossing

Chapter 1 Kiddults at Large

Chapter 2 Harry Potter, Lightness and Death

Chapter 3 Coming of Age in a Fantasy World:

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Chapter 4 Seeing Things Big:

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Chapter 5 Adolescence and Abjection:

Geraldine McCaughrean’s The White Darkness

Chapter 6 The Search for Roots:

David Almond’s Clay

Chapter 7 Re-reading Childhood Books:

C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair

Conclusion Crossing Thresholds of Time




About the Author

Rachel Falconer is a Reader in English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She has published criticism in the areas of classical, early modern, and contemporary literature and narrative theory. Her recent books include Hell in Contemporary Literature, and Face to Face: Mikhail Bakhtin in Russia and the West.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: Philip Nel


Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature