Next, identify what you feel is the most important theme of the book and explain the role it played in the novel.
(Possible theme topics could be: leadership, bullying, fear or friendship." (6-Evaluation)
If you are having trouble finding a theme, start with a quote from the book that stands out. We can often find the author's message about a topic inside a quote. We ask ourselves, "what is the subject of this quote?" then we ask ourselves, "what lesson is the author trying to teach us about that subject?"
The school was dangerous now. Scared people did scary things, sometimes, even kids. Sam knew that from personal experience. Fear could be dangerous. Fear could get people hurt. And there was nothing but fear running crazy through the school. Sam's thoughts ~ page 11
People were not getting this. How could they not see that they had to do something, not just stand around? ~ Sam's thoughts- page 36
"They're all scared, like us," Astrid said. "There's no one in charge, no one telling people what to do. They sense you're a leader, Sam. They look to you." ~ page 49
Sam could feel Astrid and Quin watching, waiting for him to deny what Howard was saying. But what was the point? Sam had felt the expectations of so many kids in the plaza, kids waiting for him to step up, like Howard said. And all he had wanted to do was run away. He had jumped at the chance to go off with Astrid. ~ page 98
Lana was healed.
But she was weak. Hungry. Thirsty.
The thirst was the worst thing. She wasn't sure she could stand it.
But she had been through hell and survived. And hat gave her some reason for hope. ~ pate 161