Ruling Society Vs. Running Around and Jumping Into Things
When J.L. Bell had a recent post about The City of Ember, I couldn't help myself. Has anyone else ever noticed the similarity between that book and the following:
The Wind Singer, by William Nicholson
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Below the Root, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder?
To be more exact, in each book a child turns 12 and will now have the job they will carry for the rest of their life. Child then discovers the ugly underbelly of his/her otherwise perfect society. . . . If the child is a boy, as in The Giver and Below the Root, then the job he's been given is extra special. If the child is a girl, as in The Wind Singer and City of Ember, the job requires running around a lot.
Well leave it to Mr. Bell to take an idea and run with it. God. If you aren't reading your Oz and Ends every single friggin' day then start. Each posting is like a perfect little thesis. In a good way, of course.