Tuesday, July 13th, 2004 • 1 Comment on Geek Week
I have two book club chats this week. The first is the book club I’m running as part of the summer reading program at the library. It’s for 8 to 12 year olds, which is both a challenging and rewarding age—the kids who like to read really get into talking about books, it’s simply a matter of finding those kids. Last month’s book was Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog
, which is one of my favorite juvenile books. Free verse poetry in journal format—what’s not to love? Trust me, it’s a great little book.
Bridge to Terabithia. Very different from Love That Dog, but equally wonderful. It’s a touching coming of age story about friendship and discovery and loss. The tragedy is foreshadowed and even though I knew it was coming, I wanted to believe that somehow everything would turn out okay. It reminded me in many ways of my all-time favorite children’s book, The Changeling
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. I hope the kids enjoy it, I’m really interested to hear their take on it.
Also this week, The Highly Selective Book Club With Only Two Members TM meets to discuss The Alchemist. The subtitle of the book is “A Fable About Following Your Dream,” and though I’m not finished reading it yet, I have to recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with a career decision. It’s turning out to be a delightful read.
We’re getting together on Friday and it looks like there will be two extra book club members this month as both spouses have been invited to participate. It is, of course, a once-in-a-lifetime offer as the book club must remain true to its roots. Should be an interesting discussion, though. Jae has already finished the book and he says, “Ah, there is so much to share with you. It all ties into our book. Thanks for choosing that book. You rock.”
I love it when I rock. Read
. It rocks, too.