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Girl Zone Book Club: Meeting One 2016

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Rose CupcakesTonight was our first meeting of the year for Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or uncle will do. This Book Club is an opportunity to talk, laugh and learn through a shared love of reading. I now work at a girls school, but I have also run this club as a Father/Son book club at a boys school at which I worked.

Tonight I spoke about the titles below and by popular consent we have chosen to go with ‘Out of My Mind’ as our first read of the year. My ‘theme’ for tonight’s books was contemporary realism and as ‘Wonder’ has been such a hit, I’ve chosen books which I often recommend after they’ve read ‘Wonder’ or ‘Ugly’ – click on titles to go to my reviews of ‘Wonder’ and ‘Ugly’, which I can highly recommend.

Please note that some of these books contain mature themes – check suitability for your child.

Mother daughter book club bookmarks

To add any of these books to your home, school or library collection please click on the covers below. For ibooks use the clickable ibook image. 

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Audio (click on image to view and purchase)

out-of-my-mind

Audio (click on image to view and purchase)

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Print Book (click on image to view and purchase)

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Print Book (click on image to view and purchase)

My Life As an Alphabet

Print Book (click on image to view and purchase)

My book club runs much like an adult book club and focus books chosen are ‘crossover’ novels, ones which both adults and adolescents can enjoy. We also snack on cupcakes (above is some from a meeting last year!), cheese, fruit, and sometimes sushi and mini quiches if we are feeling fancy. It is all very civilised, and a lovely way for generations to connect…over books.

The book club is for students who adore reading and for those who do not and need a little nudge in the right direction…and to just enjoy books. This is not an extra class for students, this is for the pure joy of recreational reading. Having said that, young people who develop a love of reading are often those who become life-long readers, and reading plays no small part in academic success.

I hope you find a book you love!

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7 Comments

  1. Samantha on Feb 16, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Did you make those gorgeous bookmarks? Love, love them. 🙂

  2. Megan Daley on Feb 17, 2016 at 7:51 am

    My lovely Book Club captain did…aren’t they gorgeous! Upcycled books from the library!

  3. Vivian on Feb 18, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Must show A, she would be chuffed to see the picture and lovely comment!

  4. Laura Gordon on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Hi Megan what do you recommend for my gorgeous neighbour who is just about to turn 11? Not much of a reader but loves the beach and fashion. Thanks

    • Megan Daley on Feb 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Laura! I love the challenge of a non-reader! ‘Smile’ and ‘Sisters’ are INCREDIBLY popular at the moment – graphic novels aimed at 10-13 year olds…so, so clever. The same lady has also re-done Babysitters Club as graphic novels…they are so cool! See ‘Smile’ here https://childrensbooksdaily.com/girl-zone-book-club-2015-2/. ‘Plenty’ in this post here https://childrensbooksdaily.com/book-club-pre-teen-reads-3/ was one of my fav books of last year, very quick read but very beautifully written. Fashion wise there is good old ‘Alice Miranda’…not sure if your neighbour is a girly girl (Alice Miranda is very girly!) but she is a great little fashionista!

  5. Kirren on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Hi Megan,
    what a lovely idea. Do you have a list of questions you discuss? Ot how do you plan what to talk about? I’d love your thoughts. 😉

    • Megan Daley on Feb 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Hi There! I usually make up questions as I read the book myself, but I also have a stack of ‘generic’ book club questions, which I keep meaning to blog about and will do VERY SOON I promise!!

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