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East-picking... - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Heh, I've been doing this fanfic immediate feedback thing for too long. I guess I'm a little less concerned about my scheduling oddness.

I'm reading an advance copy of a new YA book, written by a guy who teaches in Texas and used to teach in California. It features a student who finishes up his finals, goes home for the summer, then, after a series of events, must be sent off on a quest that hast to be finished by summer solstice, which, in my world at least, is June 21. He has ten days. Which means it's June eleventh. And he's been at camp for three weeks (well, it's an indeterminate amount of time, but at least a couple of weeks).

This fits very well with the Albuquerque school schedule and I'm willing to bet Texas is about the same. (ETA, checked the San Antonio public schools page, and, yup, their last scheduled day is May 30, while NYC's final day is June 28th or 29th. San Francisco, where he taught before was, June 10th.) Unfortunately, in New York, where the story is set, school gets out in late June. My graduation was June 24, and it was about average. So I have late June in my head for the end of school, and I was trying to figure out how he was trying to accomplish something before solstice, since it obviously would already have passed. But then again, it got by editors in New York, which makes me wonder if I'm a bit too scared of making goofs.
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ashtur From: ashtur Date: February 16th, 2005 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Works fine with Texas schools... as a rule, they wrap up a week or so before Memorial Day... (half my congregation lives on the TX side, including a teacher)
mincot From: mincot Date: February 16th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that's the right timeline for a Texas school.

Of course, if the story is set in New York, then it is sloppiness. If the writer had experienced several school systems all getting out before the first of June, though, I can see why s/he might have assumed that that was a general rule.

It's like the stories set in Texas where the characters are pulling out sweaters in the evenings in August or October or starting to wear long sleeves in September ... Right. Uhuh. Maybe at three in the morning, when it's cooled down to 86 degrees or so; that's comparatively a lttle chilly. But not at five with high humidity and 100 degrees! (Of course, when I was a kid I never understood those stories where the characters complained about how hot it was and the temperature was only in the high eighties.)
ashtur From: ashtur Date: February 16th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Hm, September in the Panhandle... late evening or very early morning... it's just possible, though odd.

heh, that's the fun part of moving. While my blood seems to be "thinning", it's still fun for my Nebraska instincts to hear about an "arctic blast" that will drop us to a *shudder* high of 35 degrees.

Oh! The Humanity!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 16th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, yeah--with me, it was the precipitation. Albuquerque's altitude keeps the temperature more temperate than a lot of the southwest, but the complete freakout level at a few snowflakes made me laugh. One day, I was at work, and it started snowing, just a little bit. I could still see across the street, and it was a big six-laner. I was bored, so I jokingly said, "Oh, good. Maybe we'll get to go home for a snow day." Half an hour later... And the traffic!

Of course, I also got a kick out of a weather report that said which corner it was raining at.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 16th, 2005 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Mm, actually, I'd say you're not being too nit-picky. That sort of flubbed detail is something which would throw off many readers not familiar with the Texas system. It would especially bug those young readers who live in NYS, who would know exactly what what was wrong with that detail from which the sequence of the book's events move. Kids notice these things, and as soon as they notice an inconsistancy, they tend to get thrown out of the book's reality and don't continue reading it (at least in my experience trying to get boys to read). The editors are just being sloppy.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 16th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Unless, of course, they don't know when summer solstice is.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 16th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't underestimate kids. I've had them come to me and ask all sorts of questions which were raised by Harry Potter, Narnia, and all the other books they've read where they come across something they don't know. If they're brought to care about a book, they'll want to know. And they can find out, easily enough, by scanning the Internet. Soon as they do, they'll know. This has happened with a couple of my kids and a book with sloppy editors as in the case of the book you're reading. They were quite angry the writer couldn't be bothered to get her facts straight. Refused to read any further. I had to suggest new books. Rather disappointing. (Shan't name the book, as I've a feeling it'd be, I don't know, rude.)
sonetka From: sonetka Date: February 16th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Private school, maybe? When I went to private school in Chicago, we usually got out during the first week of June at the latest, but after switching to public school we went almost until July. Of course, the private school started a little earlier and didn't have the semiannual lockouts, which was probably a factor in the date differences.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 16th, 2005 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that's a possibility. It was a private school, and just checking a few private schools, they do seem to end earlier in June, and start about a week earlier. I guess maybe it's just me!
From: nothing_gold Date: February 17th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I was going to comment the same thing. I go to private school in Chicago, and we end a good three weeks before the public school kids. They tried starting the public schools before Labor Day once. First turnout was so bad (even worse than the norm, which is terrible to begin with) that they switched it back the next year.
slytherincesss From: slytherincesss Date: February 16th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you from Albuquerque?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 16th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Lived there for three and a half years, but I'm northeastern damnyankee born and bred. ;)
slytherincesss From: slytherincesss Date: February 16th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I grew up there, essentially!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 16th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
My mom and grandma are both out there now, and they both are quite fond of it. And the Natural History museum has a link-up to the live feed from Mars research.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: February 16th, 2005 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like sloppiness to me. Someone thinking midsummer is in July... Although even if school got out on the 30th of May you wouldn't have two weeks until June 11th.

story645 From: story645 Date: February 16th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Happens to be, even public school is fine if he's a senior. Classes get out early June. The actual semester is usually longer cause of Regents week and administrative stuff. Yeah, my friends in private also let out in late may, early june, and start earlier. If he's not a senior though, I wonder how the author dealt with the Regents.

PS. My Graduation will also be on June 24th. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: February 16th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
He's a sixth grader. His tests were all in school.
story645 From: story645 Date: February 16th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC) (Link)
When are the newest standerized ones given? I know they just made the system even more complicated. Shrug, I guess he took them in early May. (No fair, my private school started early and ended late when I was in elementary and middle school.)
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