Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Grade: 6 to 8
In Smokescreen and Wrecked, David S. Craig and Chris Craddock explore the values of truth and denial between father and son with the adolescent drug culture as a backdrop. In Napalm the Magnificent, a three-foot high racing tout called Napalm the Buffoon, who claims to be the older brother of Jesus Christ, carries the reader on a race towards truth, pain, and the true nature of entertainment. This book is an excellent starting point for any person interested in studying theatre for young audiences that tackles tough issues with humour, insight, and compassion. .
About the authors
Chris Craddock is an Edmonton-based actor, producer and writer. His theatre work has been recognized with four Sterling Awards and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and his film Turnbuckle was nominated for two Ampia Awards. He is the proud recipient of the Enbridge Emerging Artist award, the Centennial Medal for his contribution to the Arts in Alberta and the Alberta Book Award for his collection of plays for teens, Naked at School. Craddock graduated from the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program in 1996 and since then he has worked on stages all across Canada.
Nathan Cuckow is an award-winning actor, producer, playwright and a co-artistic director of Edmonton’s critically acclaimed theatre company Kill Your Television. Born and raised in Calgary, Cuckow moved to New York City at the age of nineteen and studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Upon graduating, he worked as an administrator in the Education Outreach program for Tony Randall’s National Actors Theatre for the Broadway production of The Sunshine Boys. Cuckow returned to Canada in 1998 and has since then called Edmonton home. In 2007 he received, with Chris Craddock, the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater (BASH’d).
Rites of Passage: Three Plays from Roseneath TheatreFor nearly 20 years, Roseneath Theatre has created and produced plays of enduring quality, specifically for young people and family audiences. This book collects three of Roseneath’s most successful plays — Smokescreen, Wrecked and Napalm the Magnificent: Dancing with the Dark — showcasing the strength and vitality of Ontario’s largest touring company.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.