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Book Club 2016-17: January

Join us on Wednesday, January 18, after school in the library to discuss Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Slaughterhouse Five is an unconventional (to say the least), time travel, anti-war novel, based, at least in part, on the author's first hand experience as a German prisoner of war during the WWII bombing of Dresden.

 

Book Club 2016-17: October

Join us in the library on Wednesday, October 12 at 2:35 to discuss The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up. An epistolary narrative cleverly places readers in the role of recipients of Charlie's unfolding story of his freshman year in high school. From the beginning, Charlie's identity as an outsider is credibly established. It was in the spring of the previous school year that his best friend committed suicide and now that his class has gone through a summer of change, the boy finds that he has drifted away from old friends. He finds a new and satisfying social set, however, made up of several high school seniors, bright bohemians with ego-bruising insights and, really, hearts of gold. These new friends make more sense to Charlie than his star football-playing older brother ever did and they are able to teach him about the realities of life that his older sister doesn't have the time to share with him. ...  This report on his life will engage teen readers for years to come.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA 
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

2015-16 Book Club Choices

May: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

March: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

February: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

January: Glass Castles by Jeanette Walls

November: The Martian by Andy Weir

October: Beautiful Souls by Eyal Press

Book Club 2016-17: February

Join us on Wednesday, February 15 after school in the library to discuss 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.  From Amazon.com

 

If you will be joining us, I suggest using this annotated resource to help with Spanglish, history and sci-fi references you may not be familiar with!  http://www.annotated-oscar-wao.com/

Book Club 2016-17: November

Join us on Wednesday, November 16, after school in the library to discuss "The Illustrated Man" by Ray Bradbury.

You could hear the voices murmuring, small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body.

A peerless American storyteller, Ray Bradbury brings wonders alive. The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury— eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin. In this phantasmagoric sideshow, living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Provocative and powerful, Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth—as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.

-From the back cover of the book.