Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Club Report

We had almost exactly half our members in attendance last night at the summer meeting of the Teen Book Clubs--seven out of 15 for 6+7, six out of 11 for 8+9, and 11 out of 24 for 10-12. Vacations, workshops and camp meant that the other half were out of town, out of state, or out of the country! But we forged ahead and got acquainted with some new members, then picked books in some lively sessions led by me, Anarda, and Chloe (thanks, Chloe!), and here's the report:

The 6+7 Club will be reading
Pendragon #1: The Merchant of Death,
by D. J. MacHale

Their first choice,
Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase,
by Jonathan Stroud
doesn't release until August 26, which doesn't give us enough time to order it or you time enough to read it by book club. So we'll have that one for October! (Sorry.)

Other books the club considered included:

Enclave, by Ann Aguirre
Wish, by Clamp
The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous,
          by Suzanne Crowley
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief, by Wendelin van Draanen

The 8+9 Club selection is Life As We Knew It,
by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

Other books the club considered included:

Tiger Lily, by Jody Lynn Anderson
The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis
The Shadow Society, by Marie Rutkoski

The 10-12 Club picked The Butterfly Clues, by Kate Ellison, for September. (They actually picked Reality Boy, by A. S. King, but oops! it doesn't come out in paperback until September 23! If you still want to, we can read it in November. Sorry, my bad.)

Other books they considered included:

Meet Me at the River, by Nina de Gramont
Speechless, by Hannah Harrington
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A. S. King
Reality Boy, by A. S. King
The Vow, by Jessica Martinez
Fracture, by Megan Miranda
The Sharp Time, by Mary O'Connell
My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan, by Seth Rudetsky

We will order the three selections and let you know when to pick them up.

Our first meetings of the new year are:

10-12: Tuesday, September 9 (Buena Vista)
6+7: Tuesday, September 16 (Central)
8+9: Wednesday, September 17 (Buena Vista)
all at 7:00 p.m.--see you then!

These are your commitments as book club members:
  1. Attend the meetings. If you can't attend, email or call us BEFORE the meeting to say so. (Remember that three "unexcused" absences mean you will be excused from book club membership!)
  2. Read the book. Every book isn't for everyone, but we want you to at least make an effort--50 pages minimum, 100 would be better, but ideally read every book!
  3. Behave with decorum. Take your turn to speak, don't talk over others. Don't hold side conversations while someone else is speaking. Be considerate in general!
Welcome to Book Club! See you in September!

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