We had 39 of our 58 Book Club members in attendance last night at our preliminary meeting to get acquainted and pick books for our September and October meetings. There are 11 members in 6+7, this year, 24 in 8+9, and 23 in 10-12, so it's a full house! We will still accept a few members for 6+7, but everybody else will be wait-listed.
After socializing a little and playing a get-acquainted game, we divided into book clubs and began considering what to read for September and October.
The 6th- and 7th-graders selected Loot, by Jude Watson, as the book they will read for September, and The Colossus Rises, by Peter Lerangis, for their October book. There was some preliminary discussion of reading Animal Farm, but that has been put on hold until perhaps later in the year--it seemed a little daunting to start off with!
The 8th- and 9th-graders chose Far, Far Away, by Tom McNeil, as their first book (Jeremy Johnson Johnson!), and Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, for their second.
Other books they considered were:
Jackaby, by William Ritter
A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons
Rook, by Sharon Cameron
The high school club (10-12) will read Canary, by Duane Swierczynski, for September, although the people who missed our meeting last night may have to play catch-up, since we don't have enough copies yet and are still trying to track down the last five copies for you. Duane S. (no, I'm not typing that out twice) will be paying us an author visit at BPL later in the fall, so we thought it would be great to read his book before he gets here.
October's choice was hotly contested, but the final choice was Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, by A. S. King, partly based on the merits of the author and partly on the weird beginning of the book, in which Glory and her best friend mix the desiccated remains of a bat into some warm beer and drink it, thus rendering them able to see visions of the past and future.
Other books they considered (in descending order of popularity) were:
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Side Effects May Vary, by Julie Murphy
Proxy, by Alex London
The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
All You Never Wanted, by Adele Griffin
The Story of Us, by Deb Caletti
So here's where we stand:
All these books are on order.We will email the 6+7 Club when their books come in, which should be sometime next week.
The 8+9 Club can pick up their books starting Friday afternoon at Central or Saturday onward at Buena Vista. (We already had 20 copies.) We are three books short, so whoever shows up last will need to wait a couple more days to get their copy. You might want to call ahead.
Fifteen of the 22 10-12 Club members have already received Canary. The rest of you will wait until you hear from me that more are available. I hope that will be soon! If you want to get a jump on things, there are a couple of copies in the library system that you could check out and start to read.
Book club dates for September are as follows:
10-12 = TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 7:00 p.m. at Buena Vista (story time room)
6+7 = TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 7:00 p.m. at Central in the auditorium
8+9 = WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 7:00 p.m. at Buena Vista (story time room)
For those of you who missed, or those of you who forgot to pick up the paper with all the dates on it, you can always access book club dates here on our website. Please write these dates on your calendar or input them into your phone, and remember--if you are NOT attending book club, you must email either Melissa or Anarda ahead of time (i.e., before 4:00 p.m. the day of book club) to tell us. If you do that, your absence is excused. If we don't hear from you (and that means directly, not from your buddy in book club), your absence is noted, and two unexcused absences mean you will be dropped from the club and someone from the waiting list will be admitted. This is particularly crucial this year, because two of the clubs are beyond capacity, so please be diligent about this!
We can't wait to get back to book club! See you in September. (Well, hopefully we'll see you before then, but definitely at book club.)