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Book Club: Opinions Needed!

Book club is coming in January 2013.

Shorewood’s teen book club is for those in grades 7-12 who want to read a book and then talk about it with other knowledgeable and book-loving folks. Everyone will check out the book (or buy it, or borrow it, or download it) and then read (or listen!) to it before we all meet, armed with opinions and voices, and hash it out. Characters will be argued for and against, questions will be raised and answered and then lead to more questions which might not be answered, plot points will be gone over and over and over until we’re all satisfied we know what happened and why. All this in the name of reading and having a great time doing it.

Book club is real. It’s happening. And it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ll meet once a month from January until April 2013, so get excited!

But here’s the kicker: YOU get to decide what we’ll read. Well, sort of. Since there are about a billion* books to choose from, I’ve narrowed down the field a little bit. I’ve thought up three grand themes, with a sample list of titles, that I want your opinion on.

Submit your answer today!

*I didn’t actually count, so “a billion” is just a rough estimate.


Teen Book Talk: Fall 2010

Art thieves and the Hunger Games finale are coming this fall!

September 29: Heist Society by Ally Carter
All Kat wanted was a normal life, but when her father’s life is in danger, she’s back to the family business as an art thief.  Along with a few friends, Kat must steal a priceless painting if she hopes to save her father.

October 27: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
The final book in the Hunger Games trilogy!  Katniss is rescued by District 13, rebels are fighting the Capital, and Peeta is under the control of President Snow.  Can Katniss be the Mockingjay and save Peeta’s life?

Teen Book Talk meets from 7-8 p.m. in the lower level meeting.  Bring a friend and enjoy tasty treats while talking about these great books!

Fall Events

We’ve got great stuff coming up this fall, including Teen Book Talk, tie-dying, and National Gaming Day!

Teen Book Talk

Sept 29: Heist Society by Ally Carter
Oct 27: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
While enjoying some delicious treats we’ll talk about these great books.


Make a fun, colorful tie-dye creation on Friday, October 15th anytime between 2:30 and 4 p.m.  There’s no school that day, so have some fun tie-dying a shirt, maybe a pair of socks, whatever you’d like to bring.  A limited supply of t-shirts will be available for sale.

National Gaming Day

Celebrate National Gaming Day on Saturday, November 13th from 1-3 p.m.  We’ve got Mario Kart on the Wii or unplug with a fun board game like Jenga, Clue, Apples to Apples and more.

Movie Book Group

It’s the last movie book group of the summer! Watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG, 92 min) on Wednesday, August 4 at 6 p.m. Enjoy popcorn and drinks and stay for a quick chat about the book and movie.

Our school year book group will start in September. More info about that coming soon!

Thanks for a wonderful summer of great books and movies!

Teen Book Groups

Have you read any great books lately? Do you like talking about books and hearing what other people are reading? Then stop by one of the library book groups!

Here is what’s coming up…

6th-8th Grade Book Group will be talking about Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.

9th-12th Grade Book Group will be talking about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. The high school book group also meets online via Facebook!

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer is the 6th-8th Grade Book Group title for March 24.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is the 9th-12th Grade Book Group title for March 17.

To finish up the school year, the 6th-8th Grade Book Group will talk about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins on April 28.

And the 9th-12th Grade Book Group will talk about Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult on April 21.

Hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!

For questions about book group please contact me at splteen (at) mcfls (dot) org. (email address is written out this way to deter spam)

Book Group: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

The next book on the 6th-8th Grade Book Group list is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. If you like historical fiction with a twist, lots of adventure, and exciting characters, you’ll love Leviathan.

Set in an alternate history at the beginning of WWI, Austrian Prince Alek is on the run from the Clanker Powers. The Clankers use huge walking machines as their weapons of war. Meanwhile, Deryn has disguised herself as a boy to join the British Air Service and ends up working on the Leviathan. The British are part of the Darwinist Powers, who have discovered a way to genetically engineer amazing creatures; including the Leviathan, which is a huge airship whale. Yes, you read that correctly, the Leviathan is a whale (with modifications) that functions as a large floating ship. The excitement doesn’t stop as Alek and Deryn meet up and figure out a way to thwart their enemies.

Stop by book group for snacks and fun conversation about this amazing book! We’ll be talking about Leviathan on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.

And if you love Leviathan, you only have a few more months to wait for the sequel…Behemoth, comes out in October.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

If you love the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, I’ve got some exciting info for you…

First, the 6th-8th grade book group will be talking about The Last Olympian and the other books in the series on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. Join us for fun conversation, trivia, and much more.

Second, wondering what to read next? Rick Riordan has a great list of ideas and so does the library. Check them out to find tons of great books!

Want even more Percy Jackson? Don’t forget the movie is coming out February 12, 2010. Check out the amazing trailer! And Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide, a “guide to the gods, camp, monsters, the labyrinth, and much more” also comes out in February. And then next fall the graphic novel version of The Lightning Thief comes out. Whew, that’s a lot of cool stuff!

And finally, the first book in The Camp Half-Blood series comes out winter 2010! Here’s a quote from Rick Riordan’s blog about the new series, “I’m putting a new twist on things but it’s not the end of Percy and friends by a long shot. You’ll see where I’m going with it winter 2010 when the first book comes out, and I think you’ll be pleased (and I hope a little shocked and amazed!) but that’s all I can say for now.”

2010 should be a great year for Percy Jackson fans!

P.S. Happy 100th post to the blog:)