Saturday, April 29, 2017

8+9 Book Club Report

Tuesday night, 17 members of the 8+9 Book Club gathered at the Buena Vista Branch to discuss Dorothy Must Die, the modern homage by Danielle Paige (first book in a series) to L. Frank Baum's classic Oz books.

Although some of us had problems with the lack of explanation of how things got to the state they were in by the time new girl from Kansas, Amy Gumm, arrived on the Oz scene, and others of us weren't fans of some of the rather graphic violence, everyone in the club liked the book, and some liked it the best of any book we have read this year. The rating ended up being 8.6 out of 10. Since there are two other main books and a bunch of prequel and sequel novellas and short stories in this series, those who enjoyed it can keep reading within the Oz universe for a while.

Next month, we are reading Killer Instinct, the second book in the Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Since next month is the last month we meet this school year, we didn't select another book, but instead spent the rest of club talking about the upcoming Teen Summer Reading Program, and what authors we would like to come to our Book Café events.

The summer reading program's theme this year is Reading By Design, and our big summer project is building three Little Free Libraries for the city of Burbank! In addition, we will have four sessions of Book Café, a Legotopia craft (we're building a city out of LEGOs), and our finale will be an interactive murder mystery game, "Body in the Book Shop." This program, which is open to teens in grades 7-12, starts June 5 and ends July 22, and also includes reading and writing activities, for which teens can win weekly prizes. Sign-ups begin on May 22.

Our next (and last) book club meeting of the year is on Tuesday, May 30.

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