Reading My Rights – Learn about the law through literature
Reading my Rights – Stories can help us make sense of the world. They can take us to different places and times. They offer escape when we need to leave our own place and time behind for an hour or two. Stories can also make us think about situations we might experience ourselves, and make us wonder why something happened.
There are often situations in stories to which legal rules apply. The legal rules are often left out of a story – authors might think that readers aren’t interested in the legal reason that something has happened. On the other hand, for someone who finds themselves in that situation, knowing what the rules are, knowing why something could or did happen might be helpful. Our blog project ‘Reading My Rights’ will look at some popular books explain some of the legal rules that are working behind the scenes in the stories – and what would happen in Wales in ‘in real life’.
Diamond – Jacqueline Wilson
Dear Martin – Nic Stone
The Boy in the Dress – David Walliams
The Suitcase Kid – Jacqueline Wilson
The Best Possible Answer – Katherine Kottaras
The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time – Mark Haddon
Lily Alone – Jacqueline Wilson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
The Nearest Faraway Place – Hayley Long
A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning – Lemony Snicket
The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley
Matilda – Roald Dahl
There are seven books in the Harry Potter series, do you have a favourite? I think they’re all great, but I love hippogriffs, so mine is the third book. If you liked the last book, Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows, you can read about the law in relation to it...
Do not let her fantastic title fool you! Diamond IS an acrobatic child wonder with an extraordinary gift for acrobatics. However, the story of her life is not all that glamorous. She is the fifth child born to penniless parents who would have preferred that she'd been...
Dear Martin by Nic Stone tells the story of Justyce McAllister, a strong minded seventeen-year-old black man who lives a challenging life, both in his poor neighbourhood, constantly threatened by local criminals, and at the overwhelmingly white prep school he attends....