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Lily and Taylor

Moser, Elaine (Author)
Groundwood Books 2013. 192 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781554983353 (paperback)
9781554983346 (hardcover)
9781554983360 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Novel
Book genre: Realistic

Text Elements:

characterization, conflict, point of view

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Taylor witnesses her older sister’s autopsy after she is murdered by her abusive boyfriend. Left to care for her 6-year-old nephew, Mason, she moves to her Gram’s house and starts a new life. But Taylor’s abusive and controlling boyfriend, Devon, will not let her go. She makes a new friend in tall, feisty Lily, finding new strength in the friendship, until Devon turns up, kidnapping Lily and Taylor and forcing them to fight for their lives.

The story is told through the ordinary details of youth, contrasted with the horrors of violence. The poetic prose alternates between quiet actions and internal descriptions, with palpable passages on physical abuse: “Taylor heard the awful hollow crunch and then, like a bottle of champagne popping open, the blood fountained up and sprayed in all directions.”

Language is detailed and chiselled, capturing youthful voices and dialect in the third-person narrator that alternates between Taylor and Lily’s point of view. “Taylor imagined that inside Lily was some kind of glowing core of strength made of a rare outer-space metal that radiated power into all her veins and muscles.” Lily sees that “Devon sucked up Taylor’s power like she was his battery, and he recharged by draining her away.”

Vivid and wrenching, the themes of violence, abuse and loss are depicted unflinchingly here, yet Lily and Taylor’s resilience carries them forward.

  •  Read the opening scene as a class. Explore the purpose of the first line of the novel and compare it to other first lines.
  •  In small groups, discuss the text conventions used and how they help tell the story. Consider point of view, use of narrative structure, language conventions and other elements of author’s craft that stand out.
  •  

    Following reading and discussion, use a production process to write an expository text that takes a position on an issue stemming from the story.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Personal Development