By Daniela Sacerdoti

You by no means imagine it might occur to you. You by no means imagine that sooner or later you'll stand in a graveyard, rain tapping on a sea of black umbrellas, gazing your mom and dad being diminished into the earth, by no means back. It's occurring to me. They acknowledged it was once an coincidence. basically i do know the reality. My mom and dad have been hunters, like their mom and dad and grandparents earlier than them, 1000s of years again, rankings of ancestors at the back of me, enjoyable an analogous name. i have to keep on with of their footsteps. i'm the single one left to maintain the promise. i will by no means hand over the struggle, this struggle that has been passed all the way down to me, thrust upon my unwilling shoulders. I'd otherwise be buried with my mom and dad, my courageous, fierce parents, who lived and died by means of the hour of darkness motto: Don't allow them to Roam. Ever for the reason that her 13th birthday, seventeen-year-old Sarah Midnight's goals were tormented by demons - yet in contrast to such a lot people's nightmares, Sarah's come actual. Her desires advisor her parents' hunt as Sarah continues to be in mattress, terrified yet secure, sheltered from the real horrors of the dead night legacy. yet all this is often approximately to alter. After the homicide of her mom and dad, she is cruelly thrust right into a mystery global of incredible risk as she is pressured to soak up their challenge. on my own and unprepared for the struggle that lies prior to her, Sarah needs to find out how to use the powers she's inherited and judge whom to belief sooner than it's too late...

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It is not enough to simply read I Am Number Four. The first novel functions as a prolonged advertisement (including a cliffhanger ending) for buying into the book’s sequel, the spin-off texts, the film adaptation, and other Lorien Legacies paraphernalia. At over 400 pages and larger print, the book looks hefty. Like the plot of the book falling in line with traditional YA, the book’s size and design signal to readers the book as a commendable title within the YA genre. This, too, is likely a trend that followed the lengthy Harry Potter books that slowly extended their length beyond 200 and 300 page lengths, bursting into longer, “adult” length books.

In doing so, I will explore the online writing and social community, Figment. It is one of several online spaces focused on young people writing, sharing, and discussing young adult literature. And though the site and the way it helps challenge traditional understandings of the YA genre are discussed in that chapter, it is important to acknowledge, here, Figment’s implicit contribution to this book. In early 2012, I was preparing to teach my first Adolescent Literature course at Colorado State University.

The astronomical success of the Harry Potter franchise is unlike any book that has since followed in its publishing footsteps. The Twilight films have broken numerous box office records, but the sustained book, movie, and product sales of Harry Potter have yet to be surpassed. For myriad children growing up around the world during the years that the Rowling series was released, Harry Potter is beacon of exactly why we can fall in love with books. Though his world was mysterious and rife with danger and wonder, it was also 13 CHAPTER 1 a humanizing world of pathos, anger, and learning to accept the world for what it is.

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