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’.
The Nearest Faraway Place – Hayley Long
The Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long in 2017, won the Tir na n-Og prize in 2018. It tells the story of brothers Griff and Dylan who must move to Aberystwyth to live with a distant relative and her husband. It’s a great read, covering grief, the relationship between brothers, and ultimately hope as Griff and Dylan navigate through the terrible situations they find themselves in and start to see what the future might look like. It also helps us understand what the law can do to protect children and young people like Griff and Dylan.
The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley