Friday, April 20, 2012

Middle School Book Club REPORT

We liked the rain at BV last week, because a softball game was cancelled and we gained three of our book club members who might otherwise have been delayed or absent. Still, we were absent six members for our Middle School Book Club/BV discussion of Everlost, by Neil Shusterman.

There was a lot of skepticism about Shusterman’s vision of a youthful Purgatory, but everyone enjoyed the book (it ended up receiving a rating of 7.8 out of 10) , and had great fun in detailing why they disliked virtually all the main characters! While we never could come up with an agreement on who was our least favorite character in our book, the favorite character was Leif, a boy who finds enlightenment hanging upside down in a pickle barrel! Go figure.

But the real conversation starters of the evening were The Hunger Games film (naturally, and enjoyed by all who saw it) and a parody of The Hunger Games book called The Hunger Pains (written by the Harvard Lampoon staff). We were all giggling over such names as Kantkiss Neverclean, Carol Handsomestein and Pita Malarkey, and the general ridiculousness of The Harvard Lampoon.

Next month we'll be reading Black Hole Sun, by David Macinnis Gill.

This Wednesday night at Middle School Book Club/Central, we had 11 in attendance to discuss Julie Kagawa's book, The Iron King, the first book in a series of four. Everyone liked it pretty well (although we all agreed she could have used a good editor), and the rating was 8. A few people said they would probably continue on to read the rest of the books in the series. Grimalkin (the cat) seems to have been the favorite character.
Next month's book, Death Cloud, by Andy Lane, has been slow to arrive; we had nine copies to give out at club, but the other four book club members will have to wait a week or so until the rest come in. We will email you when they arrive.
After our book discussion, we started talking about what we want to read over the summer. Anarda and Melissa had compiled a long list of series (where we would give you the first, but all of us commit to reading the rest of the series on our own), and there were also some suggestions of stand-alone books. We did not vote yet--we'll do that next month--but I'm including them here to remind you (or inform you, if you missed book club) to think about these and have a good idea of which one(s) you like, so we can get through the voting process pretty quickly next month. ALSO, if you have additional series or stand-alone books to nominate, please SEND THEM TO ME so I can send them out to everybody for consideration.
Ship Breaker, The Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Faerie Wars, Purple Emperor, Ruler of the Realm, Faerie Lord, The Faeman Quest, by Herbie Brennan
Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, by Ally Carter
The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, by James Dashner
Incarceron, Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher
Sabriel, Liriel, Abhorsen, by Garth Nix
Eragon, Brisingr, Inheritance, by Christopher Paolini
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning, Max, Fang, Angel, by James Patterson
Sisters Red, Sweetly, by Jackson Pearce
Virals, Seizure, by Kathy Reichs
Across the Universe, A Million Suns, by Beth Revis
The Comet’s Curse, The Cassini Code, The Web of Titan, Cosmic Storm, by Dom Testa
Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld
Midnighters: The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, Blue Noon, by Scott Westerfeld

Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Black Hole Sun, by David Macinnis Gill
The Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale

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