Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Club Report! 6+7 and 8+9

Tuesday night was our first fall meeting of the 6+7 Book Club, and we had 16 in attendance out of 18. We had read Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, by D. J. MacHale, and opinions were all over the place! We all agreed that the premise was good--the way it played out was the source of much discussion. More people liked it than not, but this year's group is tough when it comes to rating the book--we had 9s, and we had a few 3s as well! The final rating was 6.

Next month, we are reading Lockwood and Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud (the perfect choice for the month of Hallowe'en!), and the following month we will read Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld.

The list of nominations for the November book was a long one, and we had to remove some from consideration, either because they were inappropriate to the age level, they were unavailable from our distributor, or too many people had already read them. Here is the "thinned" list we ended up voting on, to arrive at Uglies:

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment,
     by James Patterson
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict,
     by Trenton Lee Stewart
The School for Good and Evil, by Soman Chainani
Smile, by Raina Telgemeier
Freakling, by Lana Krumwiede
Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

We will save these and some of the others for future choices!

Wednesday night was the first meeting of the tiny but dedicated 8+9 Book Club, and 7 out of 10 attended. (We promoted an unprecedented 11 teens into the high school book club this year, decimating the population of this club!) Our book up for discussion was Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer, and our conclusion was that this is possibly the most depressing book EVER. People's reactions were mixed, with some people finding it believable and interesting but more agreeing that it was kinda dull because the same thing happened over...and over...and over.... The final rating was 6.

We then proceeded to vote for two books, since we need one for October to read now and one for November to pass out at next month's meeting. This club also produced an interesting list, and the two books we selected were I Am the Weapon, by Allen Zadoff, and The Naturals, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The list of nominations also included (in no particular order):

Heist Society, by Ally Carter
Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Getting Over Garrett Delaney, by Abby McDonald
The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong
As You Wish, by Jackson Pearce
Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Shadow Society, by Marie Rutkoski

We will save this list for future consideration, and will let you know when your October book is ready for retrieval!

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