Q:What do the following books have in common?
A: Each of these stories has a multiple narrator.
An author will use multiple narrators, in stories in which it is important to get different characters’ views on a single matter. The use of multiple narrators also helps describe separate events that occur at the same time in different locations.
In Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Two main characters debate whether the creature at the center of this clever book is a duck or a rabbit. This book is clever and funny and gives you an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. Rabbit? or Duck? I’ll let you decide.
In Flipped author Wendilin Van Draanen brings a new twist to “he said/she said”.
This touching story is told from each main characters perspective in alternating chapters. We are able to see inside the minds of the two main characters and learn that we can’t always know what the other person is thinking.
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech is yet another take on the multiple narrator story.
The author uses dual diaries, written by Sophie and her cousin Cody, to give the reader two revealing perspectives on the past and the present.
The use of a multiple narrator in each of these stories helps enrich and bring depth to the story that otherwise couldn’t be done with one character. My super blogging buddy Sarah mentioned that the book Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes is another book with multiple narrators. I will be checking that one out soon.
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