For this week, we will get a bit more philosophical. Baldacci is describing a way of life that is changing in the Virginia mountain community where Lou and Oz and their mother have come to live with Lou's great-grandmother. We usually see progress as a positive thing, but is what is happening in the communities around Dickens progress? Are the farmers going to be better off with the coal company buying up all of the land? If what is happening IS progress, perhaps a better question, considering the court case brought by Southern Valley against those who "impede" progress, would be is this justice? Injustice often prevails in our society, past and present. What are some examples of injustice in the novel, besides the situation with Southern Valley, and how do they shape the many characters the reader meets?
Give this some thought, and then respond by Thursday at midnight. Then respond to a classmate's post by midnight, Saturday. Next week we will finish this book up with a class discussion, so be sure that you are caught up on your reading and posting!
Teacher Barb :)