Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A Cautionary Tale -- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I often have students recommend books for me to read aloud. Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld, was a request last year. I insist that I only read aloud books that I have read myself.
This summer I had a chance to read it. I confess I barely made it through the first fifty pages. I am generally a squeamish person and the idea of mandatory plastic surgery on one's sixteenth birthday to turn one from ugly to pretty made me sick to my stomach. I know there are those who have read it and will disagree with me. I choose not to include it in my classroom and I'm glad I stuck to my policy to pre-read books.
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