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Sage Readings

Are you someone who needs to know the truth? Are you fascinated by how things work? What people think? Why they act the way they do? Do you have a strong sense of justice and a pull to try to do the right thing? Perhaps your Archetype is the Sage.


The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. These books were written by American homesteader Laura Ingalls. That means that her family was one of the first families to live where they did. They were pioneers. By the time she was thirteen years old, Laura had moved from the thick Wisconsin woods to the wide-open Kansas prairie, out to the fertile Minnesota plain, and finally to a brand-new town at the end of a railroad line in Dakota Territory. True pioneers, Laura and her family faced everything, from severe droughts and bone-chilling winters to crop failures and grasshopper invasions, in their long search for a new life on land of their own. A spirited and courageous girl from the start, Laura’s life on the frontier was a nonstop adventure where she learned from the everyday struggle to survive in a new land about what was important and what was less so.

The Diary of  a Young Girl – Anne Frank. Although she would have preferred to return to her previous life of school and freedom, Anne’s new reality of being forced to hide was teaching her things about herself, her family and the world around her, a world she could no longer participate in. Anne and her family were Jewish, and during WWII and Adolph Hitler’s murderous campaign to control the world though ethnic cleansing, their faith was enough for them to be hunted and rounded up like animals and shipped off to the concentration camps and gas chambers. This book is Anne’s diary that she kept while she was secreted away in a small attic with her family, just trying to survive by staying hidden, long enough.

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. Scout’s father is defending a black man who is on trial and in the small town of Maycomb  during the Great Depression, this was not seen as a good choice for Atticus Finch. Scout learns by watching the grace and strong sense of justice in her father what is right in the world, and what is not.

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