You know the Dear America books where the characters are fictional but the book has them living through actual events that really happened in history? Well, today's Writing Prompt comes from Moderator Katie on the Dear America Message Board. Katie writes:
Pretend Scholastic just called YOU and wants YOU to write the next biggest and best Dear America novel. Fill out the form and tell us about it!!! (use your IM-A-GIN-A-TION! Anything appropriate is OK!)
Title of Your Book:
Year it Takes Place:
Major Event During This Time:
Main Character Name and Age:
There are so many amazing responses to this post, you should all to go to the Message Board and read them.
For my Dear America book if I were to write one, it would be . . .
Title of Your Book: Not Everything Is Black and White
Year it Takes Place: 1980
Major Event During This Time: Aparteid in South Africa
Main Character Name and Age: James, age 12
Plot: James is a white boy growing up in South Africa where the apartheid laws say that Black people don't have equal rights. He thinks that racism is normal and ok because that's how it was in South Africa then.
Plot Twist: His father gets transferred to New York City and James meets all kinds of people in the United States, Black, Asian, Hispanic, everything. At first people don't like him because he is prejudiced, but then he starts to change.
Ending: He becomes best friends with an African-American boy and sees that people are people no matter what their race, and racism is wrong.
Tell us YOUR story ideas in the Comments!