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Ruler Readings

The Ruler wants to take responsibility for the world around them. They want to be able to influence the environment that they live in. If they can do this without being overwhelmed by the idea of power, they can be a great leader. If the power is too intoxicating, the Ruler can become a tyrant. Here are some stories where the characters influence their world in small and big ways.


Iggie’s House by Judy Blume. Winnie’s best friend Iggie has moved away. The new family moving into Iggie’s house are the first African Americans in the neighborhood. While Winnie is quick to make friends with the new kids, she realizes that some people, possibly including her own parents, have trouble seeing past a person’s color.

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

It is World War II in England and Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter have been sent away from London to be safe from the bombings. Adventure and mystery begins when Lucy hides in the wardrobe during a game of hide and seek. Lucy is the youngest of the four siblings and is the first to step foot into the magical and often dangerous world of Narnia. She may have little control over the horrible events of the world outside the wardrobe, but on the inside, Lucy has more influence than anyone could imagine.

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis 
- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter’s continued adventures in Narnia.

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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. Together David and the others like him will brave the Badlands and seek to create a new life.

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

Peter Pan and the Lost Boys live in Neverland. They want to stay little boys forever and have left their various homes, where they were expected to go to school and learn and have careers and no longer really remember them. Peter is the leader of the lost boys and often goes to the home of the Darlings to listen as Wendy tells bedtime stories. 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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Watership Down by Richard Adams. This is the tale of a group of rabbits in search of a home. Fiver, a small, young rabbit, has a gift: He can tell when things are going to happen and he can sense whether they will be good or bad. Fiver foresees great danger to the rabbits’ home warren. His brother Hazel, who is slightly larger and helps take care of Fiver, takes Fiver to the Chief Rabbit, the Threarah. Fiver tells the Threarah that he foresees great danger, but the Chief Rabbit does not believe him.