Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Club Report: 10-12

Tuesday night was the first meeting of the year of our newly configured 10-12 Book Club, which is now LARGE. We graduated four or five from last year’s club, but promoted a whopping 11 up from the 8+9 Club, and then added a couple of newbies. We feared it would be unwieldy, but perhaps it’s the perfect mix!

We had a civilized and wide-ranging discussion among the 21 (out of 28!) in attendance of Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A. S. King, which garnered everything from rave reviews to total pans. Those who enjoyed the book (four or five) empathized with Vera, her dad, and/or Charlie, while the others disliked Vera's passivity and Charlie's destructive behavior. But that was the point of the book, really--to illustrate that you shouldn't stand by and be ignored or, worse, ignore what’s going on around you and not act on what is right or wrong. Was Vera whiney or was she withholding? Was she stuck-up or was she simply smart and quiet? What you thought about Vera determined how you felt about the book. It was a good discussion! Everyone had something to say, and not everyone agreed with what others were saying, but no one got too riled up. The final verdict was a rating of 7 out of 10. (It was actually 6.9ish, so we rounded up.)

Next month’s book is The Butterfly Clues, by Kate Ellison. And after considering an eclectic array, the club chose More Than This, by Patrick Ness (don't you love the cover?), as the November book. (Some--including Anarda and I, who are enthusiastic fans--remember him fondly from reading his Chaos Walking series three years ago.)

Other books we considered and will keep on "the list" for future proposals (in no particular order):

The Sharp Time, by Mary O'Connell
The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reality Boy, by A. S. King
Noggin, by John Corey Whaley
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

Those of you who missed, there are three copies of The Butterfly Clues currently available for pickup (one at Central, two at Buena Vista), and five more copies on order. We discovered last night while taking roll that three people we thought were 9th-graders and still had another year in the other club are actually sophomores and will be joining us! So if you don't get a copy right away, bear with us and we'll let you know when it comes in.

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