In the 90s, Nickelodeon launched a teen soap opera. In Canada, it was known as Hillside, but in the United States, it was called Fifteen—because Nickelodeon knew what a tumultuous age fifteen is. Starring a pre-Deadpool Ryan Reynolds, Fifteen dealt with issues like dating, drinking, annoying kid brothers, and finding the right leather jacket to complete your look.
In The Paladin Prophecy, just as Will reaches the ripe old age of fifteen, all heck breaks loose in his life. He's still figuring out who he is, and while he may not have any annoying siblings to deal with, he sure does have monsters and mind-controlling bullies giving him a hard time. And while leather jackets may not be Will's thing, he still needs the right pair of Adidas sneakers to get the job done in style.
Questions About Identity
- What does Will learn about himself during the course of the book?
- If you had one word to describe the identity of each of Will's roommates, which words would you use?
- What role would you be in if you attended the Center? Would you be in Will's group?
Chew on This
As a result of all of Will's strength, speed, and charisma, he assumes a leadership role in his group. Before attending the Center, he never knew he could be a leader; his parents encouraged him to suppress the stronger aspects of his identity.
The characters come from a variety of economic and racial backgrounds, giving the cast some diversity. But one thing they all have in common is that they're different from everyone else.