AMITY – The Peaceful
Amity is the faction of people with peaceful intent and a wish to build strong unions between people. Amity is dedicated to kindness, forgiveness, trust, self-sufficiency, and neutrality. On her website, Veronica Roth explains that Amity is “not just about banjos and apple-picking. It’s about cultivating strong relationships and trying to understand each other.”
Kindness, friendship, understanding, and self-sufficiency. With these themes in mind, we have created a reading list, of which we think members of Amity would approve.
In Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel, Wild Awake, seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd is excited for a summer without her parents. Kiri aspires to win the Battle of the Bands along with her band mate, best friend, and secret crush, Lukas. But Kiri’s world is turned upside down when she receives a phone call from a stranger who claims to have her sister Suki’s stuff—but her sister died five years ago. Wild Awake touches on Amity-esque themes of trust, kindness, and friendship.
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
The Other Normals is a coming of age story that explores Amity’s themes of friendship and self-sufficiency in a highly original way. When fifteen-year-old Peregrine “Perry” Eckert is sent off to summer camp to become a man, he prepares himself for the worst summer of his life. But at camp Perry accidently stumbles into the World of Other Normals where he meets otherworldly friends and embarks on a fantastical journey.
I can’t think of a better representative for peace, understanding, and forgiveness than South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, Nelson Mandela. Kadir Nelson explores the life of Mandela through emotional and moving verse and beautiful illustrations. Nelson Mandela is a story of a young boy’s drive to change South Africa and his belief in equality for people of all colours. Nelson Mandela, you are in our thoughts.
Let us know what you would add to the Amity reading list!
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