Oregon Battle of the Books, The Tale of Despereaux came home with me this week from the Bellview library media center.
Written by Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux is the story of a mouse inspired by tales of chivalry to devote himself to a princess. Horror of horrors, he lets himself be seen by humans and even speaks to the princess and her father.
The council of mice sentences Despereaux to be cast into the palace dungeon. A rat and serving girl also yearn for something more than society dictates they must be.
The book struck a chord; like so many of the characters in this story, I did not fit in with the “norm.” I believe the book will be of solace to readers who feel misunderstood because they are different.
Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal