Stone Cold: Worthy of Study?

Alison Douthwaite

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This article draws on my experiences of teaching Stone Cold to respond to a blog post suggesting that the novel holds little educational value. I argue that the novel's narrative style helps to foster criticality while its subject matter can help students see the relevance of literature to the world around the. Relating this to broader debates about the reading curriculum, I explore the clash of ideological viewpoints about its purpose. I conclude that Young Adult fiction has an important role to play in maintaining a sense that culture is a contemporary phenomenon which is actively experienced, not simply a historical one which is passively explored. 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-25
Number of pages11
JournalChanging English: Studies in Culture and Education
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2015


  • reading
  • children's literature
  • Literacy


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