Injustice is often self-evident, and does not need a heavy hand, and Stone’s repeated emphasis of it may rub some readers the wrong way. It may appear to them that she does not trust them to reach the obvious conclusion without her help. I welcome more discussion on these points for those of you who feel this book might be overly didactic.
And finally, since we’re quoting Roger Sutton, here’s something from a conversation with Virginia Euwer Wolff: "Didacticism in something we watch for in books for young adults. But the problem is not the teaching, it’s when it’s not convincingly worked into the world of the novel."