“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Condlie, A. (2010). Matched. New York, NY: Dutton Books.
Lexile Measure: 680L
Synopsis: Cassie, a member of the Society, has always trusted the government to make significant choices for her life. When it is time for Cassie to be matched with her lifetime mate, an unusual glitch occurs. As a result, she begins to see the infallibility of the Society and must come to grips with her inner feelings.
Rationale for Classroom Use: Although the lexile measure reflects a lower readability, Matched is written for ages 12 and up. It is a useful text for reluctant or struggling readers because it allows them to take ownership and succeed at reading comprehension with emphasis on plot, central ideal, and theme.
Common Core Connection:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.