Kathryn Lasky is the author of books for young readers include the Guardians of Ga'Hoole and Wolves of the Beyond series. Her new novel for kids is More Than Magic.
From Lasky's Q&A with Deborah Kalb:
Q: How did you come up with the idea for More Than Magic and your characters Ryder and Rory?Learn more about the book and author at Kathryn Lasky's website.
A: I have to admit that I was inspired by the animated character Merida in the enormously popular Pixar Disney movie Brave. My granddaughter loved that movie. I bought her one of those Merida wigs for Christmas and she was running all over our house in it.
Then it wasn’t six months later that I read about this outcry from some of the original artists who created the animated character. Merida was undergoing a makeover because she was going to become part of the pantheon of Disney Princess collection. There would be a myriad of products from backpacks to dolls.
They were changing her appearance drastically to make her look older, more sophisticated and more sexual for the teen demographic. Merida was no longer the...[read on]
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