Interfaith sci fi for 7th graders?
May 29, 2011 2:38 PM Subscribe
Looking for suggestions for a novel for Jewish/Christian 7th graders that explores religion-- extra points for sci fi!
posted by akabobo to religion & philosophy (31 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for some suggestions for a book for a class of 7th grade (13 yrs old) interfaith kids who I'll be guiding for our congregation's coming of age preparatory class. Last year the 7th grade class read "Godless" by Pete Hautman, which was excellent, but this year they want to try a new book.
Some features we'd like to have in the book:
--It establishes this class as a forum where they’re not only permitted to speak their mind, they’re encouraged to do so
--It gets into and sparks discussion about the same questions our entire course circles around, such as "why should I care?" "How do I relate with God?" "Who am I, spiritually?" "How do I label myself?"
--It breaks down the components of religion in a way that we can discuss them individually and dispassionately
I'm also curious if there are any sci fi or fantasy novels that would fit the bill. I love those genres, but I'm having trouble thinking of good suggestions. Anyway, would welcome the hive mind's ideas.