Year of the Griffin Literary Qualities

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Year of the Griffin is structured to examine thematic concepts from a variety of angles. Jones follows the paths of six major characters whose interactions with a number of lesser characters help to illuminate divergent perspectives. Nonetheless, a central plot emerges in the efforts of all six students to grow and protect themselves from harmful forces. In addition, the exciting climax, a moonshot involving the six students, helps to unify events. It reflects a deft use of foreshadowing technique. Jones prepares readers by repeatedly depicting the tutor Corkoran thinking about moon travel, to the extent that he wears T-shirts emblazoned with the word "moonshot."

Jones employs imaginative, vivid descriptions to differentiate characters and support thematic concepts of individuality and diversity. Elda, for example, is a "brightly golden" griffin "as large as an extra-big plow horse." Felim is brown-faced and Claudia is greenish, with hair that falls in dark...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Year of the Griffin from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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