“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Futuristic Short Story on an Old Theme

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. 

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