Thursday, December 8, 2011

Grades 5-6 Book Club

December's Middle School Book Club selection was The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Don't be fooled by the movie Hugo or at least the trailers: there is no maniacal station agent perpetually chasing young Hugo or a super-active robot. There is a truly entertaining tale about an orphan boy who lives behind the walls of a train station, fixing clocks all day. Interwoven into this seemingly fantastical tale is the even more magical true history of the father of modern cinema, who ended up working as a toymaker/seller at that Paris train station in 1913. This is the story, the invention, of the boy Hugo Cabret but also the revelation of what friendship, perseverance, faith, and kindness can do to shape our lives.

Our fifth and sixth grade readers really enjoyed this book. We were able to talk about the parallels between Hugo's life and that of George Melies, the toymaker. Discussion of the word & picture format of the book illuminated how the book itself reads like a movie, the original trade of M. Melies. And we discussed how so many of the characters in the book are "broken" and how they are able to be fixed or fix themselves.

5 out of 5!

Stay tuned for the book club selection for January.

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