Author Feature-Marie Lu



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Marie Lu 

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Marie Lu

The Young Elites

Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy and Champion, as well as The Young Elites. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin's Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.


 

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Book Quiz/Discussion Questions

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The Young Elites

  1. What would you have done in the situation where Raffaele tells Enzo to "get rid" of Adelina? (Page 82)
  2. If you could be an Elite but would only have one eye and be scarred like Adelina, would you? Why or why not?
  3. What would your power be if you were an Elite?
  4. Do you think Enzo truly loved Adelina? What about Adelina's feelings?
  5. Would you have done the same thing if you were Raffaele?
  6. Which Elite is your favorite, and why? Which Elite do you like the least? Do you sympathize with a particular character?

The Rose Society

  1. What do you think of Maeve's plan to bring back Enzo and tether him to Raffaele? (Page 47) In turn, what do you think of Adelina's plan to disguise herself as Raffaele and trick Maeve to tethering Enzo to her instead? (Page 191)
  2. What do you think about Adelina killing the Inquisitors on their ship and letting the youngest live to tell the Inquisition who did this and how it made them feel? (Page 169)
  3. Do you think that Magiano will stay by Adelina now that he has his gold?
  4. Do you think justice was truly done when Terren kills Queen Giulietta?
  5. What do you think is going to happen next?


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Bubonic Plague Discussion Questions

Activity 1:

Introduction

Plagues like the bubonic plague or the fictionalized Blood Fever were fast moving, incurable, and did not discriminate against the classes. Once a pandemic like these hit, the people of the area are irrevocably changed. In this activity students will witness the impact of an epidemic on a medieval village using Popsicle sticks to represent the typical population of a moderately sized village. They will then write an essay about a potential modern pandemic supporting their argument using the included sources on the bubonic plague.

TEKS

  • World History 1(C), 4(A), 4(G)
  • English Language Arts and Reading, English I 9(A-D), 16(A-E) 23(B-D), 26

Books to Display

  • The Plague Tales by Ann Benson
  • The Plague by Albert Camus
  • The Black Death: The History and Legacy of the Middle Ages' Deadliest Plague by Charles Rivers Editors
  • The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly
  • Pestilence: A Medieval Tale of the Plague by Jeani Rector

Supply List

  • 100 Popsicle sticks
  • Dry erase board
  • Plague chart to track deaths
  • Discussion questions sheet
  • Essay question relating plague to a possible modern pandemic

Description

The students will see 100 Popsicle sticks, each representing a specific type of person (lord, lady, miller, peasant, etc.) who would be present in a medieval village. These sticks with be thrown into a large bowl and the students will get to come up to the bowl and play "death" and pick a stick out. In the end, 50 of the Popsicle sticks will have been removed from the bowl as victims of the plague. The remaining 50 popsicles will be written on the board and students will analyze what problems the village would have to deal with now that 50% of its population was missing. Students will answer as a group specific questions included in the activity resources and then individually write an essay on potential effects of a modern day pandemic situation in the United States.

Activity Resources

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Activity 2:

Introduction

Adelina is an anti-hero. She, like almost every character in The Young Elites and the Rose Society, cannot be declared one of the good guys (or girls). However, Adelina is still on a hero's journey like many traditional stories of past and present. Students will work together in small groups and complete the Hero's Journey interactive web program from ReadWriteThink.org. Students will be able to write their own hero's journey by answering questions that help complete the hero archetype. Once students have completed the online assignment, they will be asked to write the 1st chapter of their hero (or anti-hero) story.

TEKS

  • English Language Arts and Reading, English I 1(A), 2(B), 26
  • English Language Arts and Reading, English II 2(B), 5(B), 26

Books to Display

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K Rowling
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
  • Sister Light Sister Dark by Jane Yolen

Supply List

  • Computers
  • Access to Printer
  • Paper or computer to use to write their chapter 1's

Description

Students will watch the YouTube video on the Hero's Journey and then discuss if Adelina's journey fits into this archetype using examples from the text. Students will then pair up and log into the Read, Write, Think interactive lesson on the hero's journey where they will create a character and give him/her a back story. Once they have completed all of the steps of the online tutorial, students will print out their hero's journey sheets to use as reference. Students will then work with their partner to create the first chapter of their newly created hero's journey. Students will be encouraged to write more of their hero's journey, but chapter 1 is what will be required.

Activity Resources Provided

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Activity 3:

Introduction

The Young Elites and The Rose Society have been described as X-Men meets the Middle Ages. Students will create a character that could easily be added into The Young Elites or The Rose Society and create a graphic novel or comic strip that has an interaction between their character and an existing book character.

TEKS

  • Art Level 1 C2 (A-F)
  • Digital Art and Animation C2 (B,G,H) C5 (A-D)
  • English Language Arts and Reading, English I 15D, 25, 26

Books to Display

  • Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today's Popular Cartoons by Christopher Hart
  • How to Draw the Marvel Way by Stan Lee and John Buscema
  • X-Men Epic Collection: Children of the Atom by Stan Lee
  • Giant Size X-Men 40th Anniversary by Marvel Comics
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
  • Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action by James Sturm and Andrew Arnold
  • Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics by James Sturm and Andrew Arnold

Supply List

  • Paper
  • Colored Pencils
  • Access to computers with digital creation tools like Paint or Adobe Suite
  • List of web comic creation sites the students can use

Description

Students will work with a partner to create a superhero character that would fit into the world of The Young Elites. This superhero character needs a name and abilities that match the time period of the book (no computer hackers or digital genius types). Students will create a visual representation of their character. This visual representation can be digitally created or created with physical mediums. Students will create a comic strip or graphic novel style piece showing an interaction between their character and a character from one of the books. Students will present their characters to the group to talk about why they chose the name and powers, and why they chose to interact with the character(s) they did for their comic strip/graphic novel page.

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Active Programs

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Supplemental Documents

Masquerade Mask Example Photo

Photo Release Form

Unveiling Elites Party Questionnaire

Activity 1: Masks of the (Insert Library Name Here) Court

Introduction

In this craft project, teens get to show their creativity by making masks similar to those worn in the Fortunata Court.

Books to Display

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Splintered by A.G. Howard
  • Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  • Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Supply List

  • White Phantom Masks, White Phantom Half Masks and/or Ornate White Phantom Half Masks- need as many teens are present
  • Beads
  • Jeweled stickers
  • Feathers
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Markers
  • Scissors

Detailed Description of Activity

Masks at the Fortunata Court were worn as part of the festivities. Have each teen create their own mask. Any crafting supplies can be used! If budgetary constraints do not allow for you to purchase the plastic masks, you can simply use cardstock and print out a pattern below.

Activity Resources

Activity 2: Unveiling Elites Party

Introduction

Have teens recreate the scene where Maeve asked Enzo to guess her power. Each teen will fill out a questionnaire about their power and will have the others try to match their answers with the author. This can be your last activity using the masks created as a fun way of coming in costume.

Books to Display

  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Finisher by David Baldacci
  • Six for Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Activity Supply List

  • Printed Questionnaire
  • Pens
  • Plastic, empty coffee can or container
  • Masks made at previous program
  • Costumes designed and made before hand by individual teens if desired

Detailed Description of Activity

Each teen will receive a questionnaire and pen. Explain to them that they have fifteen minutes to fill out the questionnaire. After the time is up put the questionnaires into the container. Have a volunteer pick one and read aloud. The teens can take turns guessing after each set of questions. Repeat the activity until all of the questionnaires have been selected.

Incentives

As the last activity, this event can be matched with a party atmosphere. Teens can enjoy pizza or snacks while they try to match the description of each "Elite."

Activity Resources

Activity 3: Martial Arts Demonstration

Introduction

Martial arts plays a vital role in the training and skills of the elites. Most martial arts schools will come and do a demonstration at no charge. This is a neat way of getting your community involved with library activities.

Books to Display

  • A Girl's Guide to the Martial Arts by Alice Jablonsky
  • Wing Chun Kung-Fu by J. Yimm Lee
  • The Mixed Martial Arts Handbook by John Ritschel
  • Aikido: the complete basic techniques by Gozo Shioda
  • The Complete Guide to American Karate and Tae Kwo Do by Keith D. Yates

Activity Supply List

  • Room where organization can have demonstration
  • Gym mats may be used or organization can bring their own

Detailed Description of Activity

All of the Elites are trained to defend themselves not only with the powers but with martial arts. Have a local martial arts or self-defense instructor come and do a basic presentation on self-defense. Most martial arts schools will come and do this at no charge. This is a neat way of getting your community involved with library activities.

Activity Resources

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Passive Programs

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Supplemental Documents

Fan Fiction Start

Activity 1: Fan Fiction Sequel

Introduction

The Rose Society ends with a dramatic fight between the sisters. What should happen next? Have the teens decide!

Books to Display

  • How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison
  • The Complete Guide to Self- Publishing by Marilyn Ross and Sue Collier
  • To Be a Writer: A Guide for Young People Who Want to Write and Publish by Barbara Seuling

Supply List

  • Billboard Paper
  • Markers
  • Stapler with Staples

Detailed Description of Activity

Print out the attached paraphrase of the ending of The Rose Society. Hang the billboard paper up on a wall. Attach the paraphrase ending to the display. Let the teens know that they can start writing their joint version of the sequel to The Rose Society. Make sure to lay the ground rules down on language etc... but encourage creativity!

Activity Resources

Resources for Teens, Teachers & Librarians

Article

  • Burns, Elizabeth and Carlie Webber. "When Harry Met Bella." (August, 2009) School Library Journal.

Websites

Activity 2: RISK It All and Take Over the World

Introduction

In The Young Elites and The Rose Society, Adelina is working to free herself from the control of her father, the Inquisition, and the Queen of Kenettra. Through power plays and other actions of her Rose Society she was able to become a force to be reckoned with. The game of RISK is similar to Adelina's quest to take over the world she knows. Participants will have access to the game RISK, make moves, and try to take over the world just like Adelina.

Books to Display

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • Total Diplomacy: The Art of Winning RISK by Ehsan Honary
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
  • His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

Supply List

  • A RISK board game (potentially two in case pieces are missing)
  • Multiple printed copies of the instructions for players to view
  • A large table for setting up materials
  • Tri-fold board to draw attention to the game and display rules

*not necessary but helpful* A computer set up with a link to helpful RISK playing websites

Detailed Description of Activity

In this Passive Activity a game of RISK will be set up with rules displayed. In the game of RISK, players work to conquer territories in an effort to control the world. Participants can play as long as desired, then leave the game set up for the next set of players to take over. This display can be left up over the course of a week or more and pictures could be taken periodically to see the changes to the game over time, it also could be posted over social media.

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Created on Apr 11, 2016 | Last updated April 18, 2016