Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Club Report

All but two of our 19 6+7 Book Club members were in attendance Tuesday night to discuss the popular but frustrating book, The Maze Runner, by James Dashner. Several had read further into the series and were able to solve a few mysteries for us (while trying to avoid spoilers), but still, much was left to discuss.

We speculated about the logic (or lack of it) in the creation of the Glade and the Maze and the need for Thomas and Teresa as catalysts; the genesis and composition of the Grievers; the nicknames; the shortsightedness of those stuck in the Glade about such things as the meaning of WICKED (!); the unnecessary death of a favorite character; the non-resolution...and yet all seemed to enjoy it and the final rating was 8.33! I guess teens are bigger fans of open-ended books than are Anarda and I!

Next month we will be reading The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski, at what will be our last meeting of the 2014-15 book club year. That meeting is on May 12--please try to arrange your other activities and homework so you can attend!

Eleven people at 8+9 Book Club judged Time Between Us, by Tamara Ireland Stone, on its time travel theory, its romance, and its characterizations, and several people found the first two of those wanting. Hailey and Anika called it out for “insta-love,” and while everyone agreed that the author had set up some good time travel rules, several didn’t like that she then flouted a couple of them right there in the story! Some did enjoy the romance, and everyone liked that the protagonist, Anna, had character and integrity and didn’t sit around waiting but went out and made things happen. The book received marks from 9 down to 5, and the final score was 7 out of 10.

Next month’s book is Kill Me Softly, by Sarah Cross, a fairy tale-based book along the lines of the TV show Once Upon A Time. Next month's meeting is May 13--we hope to see you there for our final meeting of the year!

We did not pick new books for over the summer for either club; we have concluded that it's better to have one meeting in August for all book club members, so that the books to be read are picked by the people who are actually going to read them--the 5th-graders who will be starting 6th grade, and the 6th-graders who move up to 7th grade, for instance--rather than having a book that half the club won't read because they are promoting up to the next club! We have eight promoting into the 8+9 Club, and one promoting into the 10-12 Club.

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