Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 2016 Book Club - All Groups

For September's Back-to-School Book Club session, all of the groups met together and discussed a lot of books and themes. And then we voted on the books to read for October. Take a look at some of what we chatted about...

What was your favorite book you read over the summer? Choose just one.

-Wings of Fire: Darkstalker
-Wings of Fire: Darkstalker
-Harry Potter Book 2
-Wings of Fire: Dark Secret
-Percy Jackson: Battle of the Labyrinth
-Nancy Drew: Secret of the Old Clock
-Diary of a Wimpy Kid
-all the books I read over the summer     
-Castle in the Attic 

Is there a book coming out soon that you are looking forward to? 

-Wings of Fire
-next Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Do you tend to like series or stand-alone books? Or do you not have a preference?
-no preference

Do you think there's such a thing as "boy books" and "girl books"? If so, can you name one for me. Would you read a book that is supposedly written for the other gender?

-Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Yes, I would read them.
-I would read them.
-I wouldn't read them.

What do you hope to get out of Book Club this year? Besides snacks. :)

-People to know the lore about books. The history behind the plots of books.
-Every month, someone gets to pick the book.
-I'd like people to read the books I suggest.
-I am against scary books.

How do you want to choose the book for each month's Book Club? We have voted in the past. Does that still seem fair?

-Continue to vote.

After voting to vote (!), we chose books for October's Book Clubs. Books will be ordered through the Inter Library Loan system and be available at the Circulation Desk at Jamestown roughly 3 business days after we meet. 

Grades 3-4 will be reading The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry for Wednesday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Grades 5-6 will be reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne for Wednesday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Grades 7 and Up will be reading The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen for Wednesday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.

Snacks will be provided. And please bring ideas to share for November's Book Club selections!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

June Book Club Suggestions for All Ages - Perfect for Summer Reading!

The 14 Fibs of Gregory KPincus, Greg. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013. (3+)

The Agency. Lee, Y.S. Candlewick, 2010. Series. (7+)

BlissLittlewood, Kathryn. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012. Series. (3+) 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Boyne, John. David Fickling Books, 2006. (7+)

Cirque du Freak. Shan, Darren. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2002. Series (7+)

Cloak Society. Kraatz, Jeremy. HarperCollins, 2013. Series. (3+)

The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home. Daywalt, Drew and Oliver Jeffers. Philomel Books, 2013. (K+)

Elijah of Buxton. Curtis, Christopher Paul. Scholastic Press, 2007. (3+)

Eragon. Paolini, Christopher. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005. (7+)

Harriet the Spy. Fitzhugh, Louise. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1964. Series. (3+)

Hatchet. Paulsen, Gary. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1987. Series. (6+) 

His Majesty’s Dragon. Novik, Naomi. Del Rey, 2006. Series. (7+)

Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens. Mata, Julie. Disney-Hyperion, 2014. Series. (4+)

Lost Hero. Riordan, Rick. Disney/Hyperion, 2010. Series. (5+)

Lunch Money. Clements, Andrew and Brian Selznick. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005. (3+)

Mark of the Dragonfly. Johnson, Jaleigh. Yearling, 2015. (5+)

Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen Scholastic Press, 2015. Series. (5+)

Nancy Drew. Keene, Carolyn. Grosset + Dunlap, 1930. Series. (3+)

Number the Stars. Lowry, Lois. HMH Books for Young Readers, 1989. (5+)

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Riordan, Rick. Miramax Books/ Hyperion, 2005. Series. (4+)

School of FearDaneshvari, Gitty.  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010. Series. (3+)

Wonder at the Edge of the World. Helget, Nicole. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. (3+)

WoofQuinn, Spencer. Scholastic Press, 2015. Series. (3+) 

Worst Class Trip Ever. Barry, Dave. Disney-Hyperion, 2015. Series. (3+) 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May Grades 5-6 Book Club: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

For May's book club, we read The Eye of Minds by James Dashner. Andrew, Courtney, Kelsey, Liam, Owen and Rileigh were present. This is some of what we talked about.

What did you think if the VirtNet? Would you be a player and own a coffin?

-Yes, I would spend the rest of my life in the VirtNet.When you die in the game, you would still be alive.
-Yes, I would be a player and own a coffin. If something bad happened to you, I would only feel it in the game but it wouldn't really happen to me.
-Yes because I like virtual reality and Lifeblood Deep seems really good.
-I wouldn't because it seems too real and it would be creepy. If you are so enraptured with it, you would make excuses to be in it. If you got killed, you would actually feel the pain.
-Instead of having a locker, you could have a coffin at school. Avoiding mean teachers, etc.
-I would not go in the VirtNet if the coffin is as it is now. But if there was a better one, I would go in the VirtNet.  

We then talked about reality vs video games and the consequences.

What did you think about the scene on the bridge with Tanya? Did her actions pull you right into the book?

-It pulled me right into the book because it's really dramatic. You don't know anything about the VirtNet yet but you are pulled into the story.
-"What is happening? I need to read more to know what is going on?"
-I was wondering what was going on at first, not realizing that Michael and Tanya were in the VirtNet.
-This book gave me so many graphic images in my head. They were too graphic.
-At first, I thought it was kamikaze. I thought it was about a kid with a dramatic suicide.

Have you played a game like Devil's Destruction? Would you?

-I usually play games like Halo. There's a game called The Crucible, in which you mostly just kill people. It's sci-fi. 
-I have never played a game like this but I probably would. Knowing that you're in the VirtNet and that you don't get brutally killed in real life would be good. 
-You would still see the horror of people getting brutally killed.
-No, I never have. I'm not a big video game person. 
-I have played a game like that called Boarlands.   
-I do not play games like that and I would never play games like that because I don't like killing.
-I would play a game like that although it sounds a little gory. I think it would be fun to go around to different places. I don't understand why they didn't code in a real grenade that could save them.  

What did you think about the Path? Did you think that those scenes were good?

-They were very good. They were so intense. Although, when Michael was flying backwards, I half expected him to slam into the wall.
-I thought it was boring except for the Monk (Gunnar Skale) and his talk about demons.
-I thought that the scenes were good. I liked it when Michael figured out the clock. And the lava.
-It was good.   

Michael knew that something was wrong with him because of his constant headaches. Do you think that he had any idea of his true nature? Do you think his friends did?

-I didn't think he knew because at the end, he was really surprised. I don't think that his friends knew either.
-I think that Michael didn't know but one of his friends might have known. Bryson realized that Kaine was a Tangent and might have done the same with Michael.
-I don't think his friends did. He didn't either. He thought he was just a person. 

Was the ending a surprise or what you expected?

-It was a total surprise. Kaine's revelation about killing all the people and letting all of the Tangents using their bodies.
-It was not what I expected. I thought it might change perspective to another character because I thought that Michael might have died.
-All of the Tangents seemed bad and Michael didn't seem bad.

It appears that Michael is going to work against Kaine and deny his Tangent inception. Will you continue with the series?

-Almost unanimous "yes"es though one definite no.

What was your favorite scene in the book?

-Where Michael and Sarah jumped into the Portal (after Bryson died).
-When he found out he was a Tangent.
-When he was getting too close to Sarah.
-The part where VNS came in to the castle. And the winter scene.
-When the lightning bolt struck on the rock and I could really imagine the scene.

Would you recommend this book to others or tell them to leave it on the shelf?

-Recommend to ALL of my friends because most of them read this sort of stuff.
-It was alright. I know a bunch of people who would like it.
-I would recommend it to many people except to those who rend my poor soul to dust.
-I would.
-I would recommend it to The Hunger Games lovers.   

We will be meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 3:00 p.m. in order to discuss books in general. Be prepared to share books that you've loved, books you have been disappointed in and those that you can't wait to read. This discussion time will give us an opportunity to come up with some great books to read during the Summer Reading Program. Snacks will be provided.