For the 2018-2019 term:
Reading with Reason Socratic Book Discussion Selections (RwR): Dystopian Theme
September 7th — The Matched Trilogy: Matched, Crossed, and Reached (Condie) Please read all three books since they form one story.
October 5th — Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)
November 2nd — The Giver (Lowry)
December 7th — The rest of The Giver Quartet: Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son (Lowry)
January 4th — Lord of the Flies (Golding)
February 1st — Animal Farm (Orwell)
March 1st — The Time Machine (Wells)
April 5th — Counted Worthy (Good)
May 3rd – Alas, Babylon (Frank)
On July 22, 2018, I deleted Logan’s Run and The Running Man from this list.
On August 31st, I added the specific dates. If you plan to participate on a given date, you need to let me know! On March 13th, I officially changed the date for the Junior’s April selection.
On November 2, 2018, I removed Ready Player One from the list.
On March 13, 2019, I finally settled on using Alas, Babylon for our last book of the term.
If you need some help putting all these dystopian novels into perspective, try reading Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman. It talks more about 1984 (Orwell) and Brave New World (Huxley), but it can help you to understand where we are as a society today.
Junior Book Club Selections (No writing component here; just great discussion about good character!)
September 21st — Mary Jones and Her Bible (Ropes)
October 19th — Little Britches (Moody) If you enjoy this one, there are seven more books in the series!
November 16th — Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims (Bulla)
December 21st — Because of Winn Dixie (DiCamillo)
January 18th — Sarah Whitcher’s Story (Yates)
February 15th — Operation Yes (Holmes)
March 15th — A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle) Please, NOT the movie version! This one, too, is part of a series. If you like this book, there are four more.
April 26th (We moved this one to the 26th since the 19th is Good Friday) — The Hawk and the Dove (Wilcox) We are just going to read the first book in the series.
May 17th — A Beautiful Lie (Master)