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Eleventh graders at Oakland International High School read my novel Little Brother and produced a fantastic school reading kit with chapter summaries, student discussions, student-made comic strips, and further topics for classroom discussion. It’s a tremendous piece of work, and I’m grateful to the young people in Sailaja Suresh’s class.

3 Responses to “Classroom kit for Little Brother from Oakland International High School ninth graders”

  1. Margaret Farrell

    Forgive me, this is not a comment related to the piece; I really wanted to share this Los Angeles Times article, and couldn’t make the “email” link work…


    The first sentences are:

    “Prisoners at a labor camp in northeast China were forced to slay dragons and battle wizards in online games to earn virtual gold that prison guards then sold for real currency, the Guardian newspaper reports.

    About 300 prisoners at the Jixi labor camp, located about 18 miles from neighboring Russia, were required to play games such as World of Warcraft and Everquest to earn credits that could be later hawked online to other gamers for cash, former prisoner Liu Dali told the Guardian.

    “Prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labor,” Liu said. “There were 300 prisoners forced to play games. We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000 to 6,000 renminbi [about $770-$925] a day.

    “We didn’t see any of the money. The computers were never turned off.”

    (I loved “For the Win…”)

  2. Frank

    Sailaja Suresh has to be the bravest teacher in the country. I can’t imagine the courage it took to even suggest this project.

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