Girl Zone Book Club: Meeting One 2016
Tonight 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.
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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!