Is anyone teaching or reading The Chrysalids in the United States?Is anyone teaching or reading "The Chrysalids" in the United States?  I am curious if this book is part of the curriculum in some...

Is anyone teaching or reading The Chrysalids in the United States?

Is anyone teaching or reading "The Chrysalids" in the United States?  I am curious if this book is part of the curriculum in some places, because I had not heard of it until recently.  There are several books it reminds me of, including The Giver.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Well, I'm in the United States and I've read it! But I know that's not what you're talking about. I learned about it after a friend in England recommended Wyndham's more popular novel, The Day of the Triffids. It seems to me that Wyndham has much more of a UK following than a US one.

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Although I am not personally teaching it, I know that The Chrysalids is on the GT reading list of possible stories/novels for the high school curriculum.  I teach eighth grade, so I always try to pay attention to what is in store for my students.  The Chrysalids reminds me of a new young adult fiction novel out right now called The Whisper by Emma Clayton.  There is also a sequel called The Roar, and the two books deal with the same kind of content as The Chrysalids--a post-apocalypse Earth, mutants versus regular people, and telepathy.  Clayton's novels, in terms of themes and content, are much less intense than The Chrysalids.

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