Pearl McHaney, Connecting Lines: Gangs, Bullies, and Difference
Decatur Library Auditorium
March 1, 2017, 7:15p.m.
Gangs, Bullies, and Difference: S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, and R. J. Palacio’s Wonder. The classic teen book The Outsiders, written by S. E. Hinton when she was 16, that pits the Socs and the Greasers against one another is resolved when Pony boy discovers that people are more alike than they are different. Spokane Indian Arnold Spirit, Jr. (Junior) uses cartoons and humor to negotiate his “part-time-ness” as he attends a white school off the Reservation in Alexie’s graphic novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, a book that quickly became a twenty-first century classic read alongside The Outsiders. Adding to the angst of adolescence and the push and pull of values a visible difference that marks Auggie Pullman more so than even skin color, Wonder by R. J. Palacio is also a coming-of-age story in a school setting. SERIES SCHEDULE: Wednesday evenings, 7:15 pm. Free and open to the public. March 29: Choices and Their Consequences: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (M. Twain) and The Giver (L. Lowry) April 19: Individuals and Communities: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Beloved If you would like more information on the lecture series, please listen to Pearl’s interview with Lois Reitzes on City Lights!