Delaware encourages literacy with ‘Ender’s Game’

Arden Palmquist – Staff Writer

For the past few months, Delaware has been going haywire over a novel called Ender’s Game. Delaware County has planned several activities up until the premiere of the movie through the Delaware Reads program. This program advocates literacy by promoting a particular book and creating activities that relate to the book to make reading fun for children and adults.

The town has created many events for the community to participate in and enjoy. There are different activities for different age groups. They have been going on since August 23.

The superintendent, Mr. Craft, Delaware Library staff, and Hayes librarian Sarah Ressler sat down last May to decide what book would be best for the entire Delaware community to read, finally deciding on Ender’s Game.

The novel is about government agencies developing a secure defense for an upcoming alien attack. A boy named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is monitored by the government to see if he qualifies for battle-school. The government can see everything when the monitor is on the person. Soon Ender is drafted to battle-school with other kids to train to become a young military commander. Right away Ender makes more enemies than friends. All children are placed in the battle-room where Ender learns how to fly and use laser guns for war. Because of Ender’s achievements he is sent to his first training army, Salamander Army. Ender is then traded into the Rat Army because of his immense skills. Later on in the novel, Ender is traded to the Dragon Army and becomes leader of this army. Soon Earth is attacked and Ender saves the day along with other leaders from battle-school.

“Ender’s Game is a great book,” junior Sirya Banks said. “It makes you think about people and the idea of what we can make in space.”

So far, Delaware has done a launch party to kick-off this event, and the YMCA had a teen lock-in on August 18th. Around 70 people attended the lock in. The lock-in had swimming, rock-climbing, and games related to Ender’s Game and movies playing throughout the night. Children were locked-in from 8 pm to 7 am.

On October 2, the library held a skype session with the author of Ender’s Game. “It’s a really big deal,” Ressler said. “He rarely talks to anyone.”

In addition, there are activities, such as trivia games about the book and book talks planned up until the premiere of the movie on October 31 at the Strand.