The last convention workshop I went to yesterday was on dystopian and apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction. My book interests generally veer in that direction, although I've been complaining recently about overdosing on the doomsday. Nonetheless, I was excited to hear other teachers talk about the books they've taught. I'd read probably three-quarters of the books they recommended, and my current curriculum doesn't really allow me to teach dystopias, but I did come away with some books I hadn't heard of that I'd like to try. These include:
- The Wave (Strasser)
- The City of Ember (DuPrau)
- The Running Man (Bachman, really Stephen King)
- The Long Walk (Bachman/King)
- Feed (M.T. Anderson)
I had a wonderful time, and the authors and staff of Children's Book World were all enthusiastic and welcoming. I have far, far too many books to read now, but I can't wait to start!