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A Prayer for Owen Meany – by John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany is a book that many students are assigned to read as part of the course work for their high school English class. It is also a book that tends to get banned.

Owen Meany is a small kid with a voice that is so bizarre that people stop and stare at him when he speaks. It sounds like a permanent scream. Owen is also brilliant, and wise beyond his years, and, like most kids who are a combination of highly intelligent and odd, he gets picked on all through childhood.

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The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done – by Ursula Hegi

The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done is a book of layers. Annie, Jake, and Mason are closer than best friends, and have been since they first met when they were very young. These are some extremely complex friendships.

From early on, it’s clear that Mason feels the need to be loved “the most” by both Annie and Jake. He is the most daring of the three, and his dares and threats direct the action of the group more often than not.

A game, of sorts, he plays with Annie starts with a question: “What’s the worst thing you’ve done today?” It’s playful with an undertone of danger, which describes Mason’s personality rather accurately.

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