Wednesday, December 4, 2013

10-12 Book Club Report

On Tuesday night, the 10-12 Book Club met to discuss Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan. Anarda and I were enthusiastic about recommending this novel in which ancient secret societies and modern Google geeks meet with a strange bookstore as their common ground, then manage to collaborate to solve an age-old mystery; but the reaction wasn't as positive as we had anticipated. Although we had four people who gave it a score of 9, the rest were less forgiving, so with 14 of us voting, the final rating was 7.85. Everyone agreed that there were definitely charming and quirky elements that appealed, but many didn't care for the ending, feeling that it was too "moral of the story" to be satisfying. I think everyone's favorite part was...that the book cover glows in the dark!

Next month we will be reading another Alex book, The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which sounds like a Victorian romance, but is actually rather edgy contemporary fiction; and for February the club chose I Am the Messenger, by Marcus Zusak.

Other books we considered:

Room, by Emma Donoghue
Just One Day, by Gayle Forman
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
Candide, by Voltaire
Where Things Come Back, by Corey Whaley

We also had I’ll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, on the list after a great recommendation by Henry, but we can't get it from our distributor--only available to back order, no copies in stock, alas. We are considering asking the 8+9 Club to loan their copies to the 10-12 teens to read, since Ms. Sloan will be paying us an author visit in March!

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