I have always enjoyed Chris Van Allsburg's thought provoking story The Wretched Stone. The story is set on board a ship and is written as excerpts from the log of the ship's captain. (I love reading books written in diary form!) The voyage is going well until the crew discovers a mysterious island and brings an unusual rock on board. The men are captivated by the rock and quickly become obsessed with it. They stop telling stories, playing music, reading, and working. When a powerful storm hits, the captain is sure that he and the crew are doomed...that nothing can rescue them from the mysterious power of what he has come to call "the wretched stone."
Read to find out if the captain's morbid predictions are right. What do you think the wretched stone symbolizes in our lives?