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The Powerful Beliefs of Aerin from McKinley's Hero and the Crown and Ellen in Gibbon's Ellen Foster From the 1970's, rock artist David Bowie wrote a hit song entitled "Changes" that contained these lines: "And these children that you spit on as they try to modify their worlds/Are immune to your consultations/They're quite aware of what they're going through." These lyrics hint in the numerous weighty problems young teenagers must solve while going through the "changes" that will lead to a development of adult ethical codes. As any young adult will testify, an undefined moral atmosphere can lead to difficulty making decisions (to cheat on a test or not to cheat on a test?) , a problem that can become even more pronounced with the inclusion of pressure from peers, media, family, and religion. But some adolescents have encounters that result in the forming of a powerful will and as a consequence can quickly form ethical obligations together with nary an uncertainty. Two teens from using this year's English Festival book selections fall into the latter group. The two Aerin out of Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown and Ellen from Kaye Gibbon's Ellen Foster display strong ethical beliefs formed during their early adolescent years. A few of the values and beliefs Aerin and Ellen discuss are independence, self-sufficiency, and a mistrust for power. Each woman's special experiences help shape these beliefs, and the two women manife...