Intro to Dystopian: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Summer Prince

Since this whole class is optional, you can choose to participate (or not) whenever you wish.

However, if you choose to participate, we want to make clear our expectations for that participation.

  • Realize that you should have the book read before you read through the comments. Spoilers will likely appear in the conversations, so please do not be surprised or angry if this happens.

  • Bring reader questions and observations about the text. We will throw our own questions and observations out for you to consider,  but your questions and observations are as important and necessary in this as ours.

  • Please abide by the Thumper Rule when interacting with others:

  • Back up what you’re asking or saying with quotes and page numbers so that we can all follow along.

  • Think about and share possible thematic text connections (classics, YA lit, picture books, poetry, non fiction texts, news stories, movies, YouTube videos). This will be especially helpful information for the teachers among  us, but it’s good thinking for all of us.

Some additional housekeeping thoughts:

  • Please try to respond to be careful about responding to comments – keep main threads together, but try not to get where it is so indented that no one can read what you’re posting!
  • Also consider clicking “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” when you post a comment. This will keep you informed of continued discussion without having to come back at random intervals to see if there is anything new.
  • Consider introducing yourself briefly in your first post and including a link for your blog if you have one.




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2 Responses to Intro to Dystopian: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

  1. Terry says:

    Going to the library this afternoon to pick this up–out of these three dystopian/sci fi books, this is the only one available across TWELVE libraries in my town!

  2. Terry says:

    Hmmm…as I mentioned in my post for Legend, this is just not my genre. I am still finishing this one. I thought it was an interesting setting and I sort of liked that “how the society got this way” is very slowly revealed over time–I appreciate that there isn’t some moment where the story stops so some character can explain everything to another character/the reader. I also really appreciate that same-gender relationships (and marriages) are completely accepted without a second thought .

    On the other hand, I would have a hard time recommending this book (in the fairly conservative community I work) to grades below 11/12, though, for the sexual (almost erotic in some places, which, as a reader I appreciate, but as a teacher I would have a struggle with) content (for example, the masturbation scene would…not go over well with my students’ parents).

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