Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Unwanteds – Meeting Two

Hello Fantasy League,

Today we meet for our second Unwanted meeting.  I like the sound of an unwanted meeting, don’t you?

Last time around we just read a few pages and then gave some of our first responses or initial feelings. You can review them here.

Today we were to read up to page 100 or the chapter titled Parallel Lessons.

I am really getting into the story and as I read I have loads of thoughts about our Fantasy League and how we would act if we were Unwanted and found ourselves living in Artime.

Let’s start with this great quote from page 75.

“Writing led to creativity, and creativity led to revolt, which was very bad.”

-High Priest Justine

Writing surely leads to creativity, but I thinks most of the time creativity leads to writing.  Do you think creativity leads to revolt? Is a revolution always “very bad?”

That’s a heavy question, let’s have some fun now.

So Alex finds out he will take art classes, Meghan will do music, Lani will study writing and storytelling and Samheed will focus on acting.

What class would you find yourself?

If you think of yourself as an artist I think you should draw your idea of what Ms. Octavia, the octogator art teacher, looks like.

The next chapter is called Parallel Lessons and most likely will switch back to Quill and focus in on Aaron and what is happening to him as he is taught at the Quill school.

What you you think he will be taught?  How do you think he is feeling, especially now that we know what Samheed thinks he did?

You will need to read to page 199 or A Glimpse of Quill before our next meeting on Monday, May 7.

Mr. H

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The Unwanteds – Our first meeting

Hello Fantasy Lovers,

Today is our first meeting where we will discuss the book, The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann.  We are only just beginning so we have only read to page 16, unless we have read the whole book (naughty).

Being our first meeting we thought it would be a good idea to share first impressions of the story with the world…

“I liked that the points of view changes from chapter to chapter.  It reminded me of the Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus Stories.”

-Sarah A.

“I think the point of view change is a bit confusing and I get a little lost about who is talking.”

-Andy H.

“I liked when they talked about the purge and how they decided who was wanted and unwanted.  It made me think of The Hunger Games and the reaping.  I didn’t feel like I was reading a Hunger Games ripoff.”

-Rachel W.

“I did feel like I was reading a little bit of a Hunger Game ripoff because of the similarities between the Hunger Games where kids get drawn out of a bowl and fight to the death, in the Unwanteds they are called out and they all die.”

-Caden P.

“But the reaping in The Hunger Games was random.  In The Unwanteds they have skills that make them unwanted.”

Ashley G.

“I really liked the idea about unwanted and wanteds but also the necessaries, or the people who are needed like farmers.”

-Ingrid S.

This is the point in our lunch discussion where we had to end and head to our next class.  At this point other members of the group will add their thoughts in comments.

Next Monday we will meet again and have read to page 100 or the chapter titled Parallel Lessons.

Read on,

Mr. H

Pottermore!!!

Hello Fantasy Lovers,

This little book group we have going found it’s origin in a love of Harry Potter and the idea of Pottermore.  Remember when we started Spartan Time and a huge group met to talk about Pottermore and hopefully get started.

Then I got early access, finally, and we started the long slog through the Beta site.  It was a frustrating time to be a fantasy lover.  Then the site went down and we went on track-out and now…It’s up!!!

So we asking all of the members of AFFL to log in and get sorted and then share your screen name with us.

 I am wolfsbanebronze13

As we don’t want any creepers following us around, remember to not use your first and last name on this blog…just first name and last initial.

Maybe in the future we can book a computer lab and duel each other in a big tournament.  That would be epic!

Read on,

Mr. H