Core Values “by the book”

Last Sunday our youth group and coming of age class presented a joint platform and graduation. During our platforms we always read our Ethical Education core values. For this special occasion youth group members Lola Compton and Matthew Finney paired them with books that echo those statements. Read on to see what a gift they gave us.

Every person is important and unique.

Graceling: Kristin Cashore

In the Graceling world, some children’s eyes change to two different colors, signifying that they have a special affinity, a Grace. Katsa feels that her Grace is a curse, but by the end of her arc, she loves it and accepts herself.

Every person deserves to be treated fairly and kindly.

Equal Rites: Terry Pratchett

Eskarina, the first known female wizard, fights against prejudice from both witches and wizards, to show that she too can be a wizard.

I can learn from everyone.

Mistborn: Brandon Sanderson

Vin goes to all the other members of her thieving crew, learning about their perspectives and powers to have a better understanding of her own powers.

I am part of this earth; I cherish it and all the life upon it.

Wild Magic: Tamora Pierce

Daine is uniquely connected to animals and cares for them.

I learn from the world around me by using my senses, mind, and feelings.

Project Hail Mary: Andy Weir

After waking with amnesia, stranded in space, Ryland Grace must use the few resources he has around him to make it home.

I am a member of the world community, which depends on the cooperation of all people for peace and justice.

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas

Star watches her friend’s murder, and becomes an advocate for justice in her community.

I can learn from the past to build for the future.

Weyward: Emilia Hart

Altha in 1619, Violet in 1942, and Kate in 2019, are all Weywards, related to each other, and learn from their ancestors to survive their circumstances.

I am free to question.

Shatterglass: Tamora Pierce

Tris is a mage in a city that cleanses everything. She questions the methods of the city as a murderer runs loose.

I am free to choose what I believe.

Divine Rivals: Rebecca Ross

Iris and Roman decide that they will find out for themselves the truth about the devastating war between divines in their world

I accept responsibility for my choices and actions.

Oathbringer: Brandon Sanderson

Dalinar must accept the horrible things he’s done and the consequences of them, striving to become a better person for them.

I strive to live my values.

Leviathan Wakes: James S. A. Corey

James Holden tries to hold firm to his values through chaotic times, even as his friends and enemies challenge him.