Edgier than the Uglies trilogy, with references to mature content, this book would be well-suited for a discussion group for middle school gifted students. Students can draw many parallels between Philbrick's futuristic fictional world and our current reality.
Class Structure Recommendation: Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading
But I know who the real hero is, and isn't me, or even the brave Lenaya.
It's an old man with a white beard and a walking stick and a heart so big it won't let him stop thinking
he can change the world by writing things down
in a book no one will ever read." p. 181
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
**Questions coming soon**
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