The assignment: Give a two minute presentation on The Giver by Louis Lowry.
The instructions: Explain why you liked the book, and reasons others your age would like the book.
The questions my daughter asked: What if I didn’t like the book? What if the book has no redeeming social value?
The directive: Well then just make something up. (Allegedly with a threatening tone).
The decision (as it was put to me): I’m going to say what I really thought of the book.
My response: Take something good to read in in school suspension. (smiling, and with just a hint of defeatism).
the book report: a scathing 2:00 rebuke of a book that ended “but others might like it.”
The question: Was there anything about the book that you liked? (Allegedly with a hint of malice.)
The response: It was short.
author’s note: all errors in this communication related to punctuation, grammar and sentence structure are mine. The content is as close to exact as I can make it, having had the story related to me by my daughter.