Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Mid Sun Book Club is up and running. We have two clubs: a grade seven group (with 5 participants) and a group open to grade eight and nine students (6 participants). We meet monthly over the lunch hour to discuss the book we have just read. The next meeting is Wednesday, December 12. We welcome new members to come and share our love of great stories. Simply stop by the library for a permission slip.
So far the Grade 7 group has read This Dark Endeavour (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein) by Kenneth Oppel. The group (of 5 students) rated this novel 3.7 out of 5 stars and when asked who they would recommend the book to, they unanimously said the boys in Grade 7. It is a very imaginative, dark and sometimes scary book. Next week we’ll be discussing Ghost Messages by Calgary writer Jacqueline Guest. Called a 19th century Nancy Drew, the thirteen-year-old protagonist Ailish is a feisty Irish fortune teller. I cannot wait to hear what the students thought of this story.
 The Grade 8&9 group first read Divergent, by Veronica Roth, one of the hot new titles in Young Adult fiction. The group rated it a 4.5 out of 5 stars and some students intend to read the second book of the trilogy. Set in futuristic Chicago, the population is divided into factions, groups of people with unique cultural values, religions and behaviors. There are five different factions in the city: We had a lively and surprising discussion about which faction the students identified with and why. On December 12 we’ll be discussing Maze Runner by James Dashner, another dystopian science fiction. It will be interesting to hear how it compares to Divergent.

submitted by Sue LeBreton, parent volunteer.

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