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[GatheringReaders] Schedule for January-June 2014 and Book List

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Myra here.

I just met up with my GatheringReaders book club participants at the Jurong West Public Library last Sunday, 26th of January. Usually our first meeting for the first half of the year has to do with book nominations and a great deal of booktalk as we consider which titles would be great for us to read in the coming months. As I prepared my slides for that discussion, I realize how dependent I am now on book trailers. See a snapshot of my gallery of slides:

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I am also very glad to note that some of the kids brought bags filled with recommended book titles. I also gave them a few tips on how to do their book talk: no spoilers, limit to three or four sentences, talk about why you found the book special, and how the book made you feel. And so this is what the first half of the year looks like for us.

February: Award-Winning Book

I booktalked and shared book trailers from Cynthia Kadohata’s The Thing About Luck, Tom McNeal’s Far Far Away, and Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief. One participant brought Michael Morpurgo’s Of Lions and Unicorns: A Lifetime of Tales. And the kids’ choice:

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Virtual Meeting: 16 February, GatheringBooks

Face-to-Face Meeting: 23 February, Jurong West Public Library (JWPL), 11-12

March: Graphic Novel

I booktalked and showed trailers from the following: Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang (which was seconded by another book club participant who read this), A Wrinkle in Time by Hope Larson, and A Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached. My daugher recommended Raina Tegelmeier’s Drama. And so this is the children’s choice:

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Virtual Meeting: 23 March

Face-to-Face Meeting: 30 March, JWPL, 11-12

April: Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Choices include One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. For this one I make a facilitator-call and include this one in as our book for April instead at the last minute.

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Virtual Meeting: 20 April

Face-to-Face Meeting: 27 April, JWPL, 11-12

Fantasy/Science Fiction

I booktalked and shared book trailers from the following titles: Ulysses and Flora by Kate DiCamillo (which incidentally won the Newbery Medal!), Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente. One participant brought Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories, another brought The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones. There were a few more titles shared but I could not recall all of them any longer. This was a tough one for the kids to decide with so many great titles. Eventually more hands were raised for this title:

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Virtual Discussion: 11 May

Face-to-Face Discussion: 18 May, JWPL, 11-12 noon

June: Nonfiction

It is the first time that we’re considering nonfiction. The titles I nominated include The Great American Dustbowl by Don Brown, Bluffton by Matt Phelan, and Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. One boy recommended Roald Dahl’s Going Solo. And the young people’s choice:

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Virtual Discussion: 25 May

Face-to-Face Discussion: 1 June, JWPL, 11-12nn

If you have read any of these books, dear friends, please feel free to join us during our virtual discussions.

Looking forward to our upcoming sessions in GatheringReaders.

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3 comments on “[GatheringReaders] Schedule for January-June 2014 and Book List

  1. BOMB is an awesome book. I learned a lot from it. I think anyone who reads it would like it. It doesn’t focus on the parts people know a lot about in WWII, but the more hidden aspects.

  2. the book thief was quite a good book

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