This futuristic novel is set in the United States during a
time when each family is allowed to have only two children.
It tells the story of a family with a third child who has
to be hidden in the house. As the child matures, he has more
and more freedoms taken away to keep the family safe from
Quiet World" by Jeffrey McDaniel
This brief poem presents a world in which the government has
allotted each person only 167 words a day.
Schnabl looks for literature that will make students think
about life issues. This unit focuses on the tensions between
individual freedoms and government control as well as on issues
of an individual being asked to give up personal needs and
desires to ensure family safety and well being. You can access
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