By Chris Wooding
“Dead kids shouldn’t be allowed to go to school.” Chris Wooding has come up with a fictional twist to a solid reality for much of the world’s population – prejudice. In this short story, a group known as the Returned, or Pales, face hatred at every turn. They are alive because they have the right blood type to gain a second chance at life shortly after dying due to a miraculous invention called the Lazarus Serum. When they come back to life they are able to live indefinitely, have pale skin, eyes, and hair, but are otherwise fairly normal.
I highly recommend Wooding’s tale as a non-traditional way to lead discussions on the topic of bullying in the high school setting or as a companion to books like To Kill A Mockingbird.