Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.
Previous selections for 2018 have included:
- January: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- February: Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
- April: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
- May: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- July: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mendel
- September: We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter (CLAS ’00)