Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Club Report: Grades 10-12

There were 17 in attendance at this month's 10-12 Book Club meeting on Tuesday. We discussed Tell the Wolves I'm Home, the Alex award-winner by Carol Rifka Brunt. The book received high marks from most of the members present, who praised its realism and its writing.

Julia felt that the author perfectly captured the character of a 14-year-old girl, in her estimation not an easy age to write. Mason and Alyssa had a few problems with it (like the incomplete exposition of the title, and the restoration of the painting), but generally liked the story and the writing. Everyone who enjoyed the book agreed that Toby was the best character; those who didn't like it mostly complained that it had an exceedingly slow start, and they didn't make it past that to the interesting part. The final rating was 8 out of 10.

Next month Anarda and I decided to experiment with an eye towards our summer Book Café: Since we have a lot of fantasy readers with a few hold-outs who like realistic fiction, instead of buying one book for the entire club to read, we split the club down the middle, buying The Blue Sword, a high fantasy novel by Robin McKinley, for half the group, and Meet Me at the River, a realistic coming-of-age novel tinged with the paranormal by Nina de Gramont, for the other half. At next month's club, we will discuss both books, with each half listening to the other, and then those who wish to will trade books!

We postponed book selection for our over-the-summer book until next month, to give everyone time to think about what they'd like to propose. So think and bring in May! Remember that the May 5 meeting is our last of this year, so please do try to arrange your schedules (work, swim practice, choir rehearsal, whatever) so you can attend--we're saying goodbye to quite a few seniors! (There are rumors of pizza in their honor...)

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