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Innocent Readings

Do you identify with the Innocent archetype? Here are a few great stories to get you going. Once you can see who the innocent in these stories are, maybe you can help us find more to share.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are swept away from her home where she lives with her aunt and uncle in Kansas by a tornado. She lands in the Munchkin County in the land of Oz. Her falling house accidentally kills the Wicked Witch of the East. The Good Witch of the North tells Dorothy that she must make her way to the Emerald City and the Wonderful Wizard of Oz if she is to find her way back to Kansas.

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Peter Pan and Wendy or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up by J.M Barrie

After listening at the window while Wendy tells bedtime stories to her little brothers John and Michael, Peter Pan decides to take Wendy and the boys to his home in Neverland so that Wendy can be a mother for the Lost Boys. Peter takes the children on wild and often dangerous adventures involving Indians, pirates and jealous mermaids. 

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March are four sisters living with their mother in New England. Their father is away serving as a chaplain in the Civil War, and the sisters struggle to support themselves and keep their household running despite the fact that the family recently lost its fortune. In the process, they become close friends with their wealthy neighbor, Theodore Laurence, known as “Laurie.”

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The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

This is the world of David Strorm. As a young child, he often dreamed of a city filled with objects considered fantastical in his world, such as flying machines and carts that move without horses. As David grows older, he realizes that he has the ability to communicate telepathically with certain other children. This ability means that David would be considered to be a Blasphemy in his community.

David does not understand the severity of such status until he meets Sophie, a girl who was born with an extra toe on each foot. David befriends Sophie and keeps her secret. When her secret is discovered by another boy in the district, Sophie and her family are forced to flee. As a result David realizes that, if his secret is discovered, he will suffer dire consequences.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, in the sleepy Alabama town of Maycomb. Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression, but Atticus is a prominent lawyer and the Finch family is reasonably well off in comparison to the rest of society. One summer, Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood for the summer, and the trio acts out stories together. Eventually, Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place. The house is owned by Mr. Nathan Radley, whose brother, Arthur (nicknamed Boo), has lived there for years without venturing outside.

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