"Where I'm Going"
In 2012-13, hundreds of Davis County residents explored "Where I'm From" by creating their own poems based on George Ella Lyon's poem. This year, residents can focus on the future and "Where I'm Going".
Dystopian literature has captured the attention of both youth and adults. A dystopian novel is one that is set in a future world in which things have somehow gone wrong. Such novels often serve as social commentary, warning of the possible outcomes of many of the things we are currently doing.
In The Giver, Lois Lowry creates a world in which pain and strife have been eliminated by implementing "sameness." Personal choice has been removed, which has also eradicated emotional depth. Jonas, the main character, must decide if he should he stay with the community and the safe, consistent but shallow life it offers, or if he should run away in pursuit of a life full of love, color, choices, and knowledge, but also potentially full of danger.
We have an amazing opportunity this year! Lois Lowry, Newberry Award-winning author of Number the Stars and The Giver, will deliver our Davis Reads keynote address on April 11, 2014 at Northridge High School.
We are lucky to get an author like Lois Lowry as our Davis Reads author/speaker. Not only is she nationally esteemed in the literary community, but her work is accessible to students of all ages, elementary through high school, and it lends itself to all kinds of intriguing discussions, writing activities, and engagement with literature, which is what Davis Reads is all about!