In the Bag

What's in my book bag this week? Check back here for reviews, recommendations, and related freebies!


I love Neal Shusterman as an author, and this is my new favorite! When I previewed this dystopian book for my kiddos, I actually had them beg me to keep reading. They fell in love! I have four copies in my classroom, and I can't keep them on my shelves.

From Amazon: Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price.


Keep in mind this book isn't great for some younger readers. It's an easy and highly engaging read, but you can guess by the above preview readers will encounter violence. While it's not overly graphic, it is really descriptive at time when describing deaths and killings. There is mention of blood, descriptions of killing, pain inducing situations and violent situations. In addition, there is a slight romantic tension between the main characters although nothing "offensive" occurs. I was planning on making it a required read for my 7th grade GT classes, but some of the kiddos are really sensitive, and they (and their parents!) might have found it to be too much for the younger kids. Instead, I made it an optional read for our Utopia Unit. 

OOOOOOOOOh.... I also preordered the sequel, Thunderhead. It's due out January 9th, 2018!

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