If you're just starting a book club for kids or teens, or your club is considering
what to read next, check out our reading recommendations from youth
book clubs around the country.
This month's Book Blast features acclaimed author Jacquelyn Mitchard's young adult novel, Look Both Ways. Her recipe, paired with the novel, is the latest addition to our online collection of author recipes.
We welcome author Michele Torrey, whose historical adventures are written for middle grade and young adult audiences, to our Youth Choose a Book - Invite an Author program. Take a moment to browse the titles - and authors who will join your book club discussion. Our roster of terrific young adult authors includes S.A. Bodeen, Donna Woolfolk Cross, Kimberly Willis Holt and Janet Ruth Young.
Please take a moment to tell us what your book club is reading and discussing.
Happy reading, and warm wishes for the holidays.
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Co-authors of The Kids' Book Club Book
and The Book Club Cookbook
Look Both Ways
by Jacquelyn Mitchard
This month, you can win an advanced review copy of Look Both Ways, the second book of the Midnight Twins trilogy, by Jacquelyn Mitchard. In Look Both Ways, Meredith and Mallory
Brynn are coming to terms with their special gifts: Meredith to
see into the past, Mallory to see into the future. But they never
expect that their powers will reveal danger
so close to home.
Jacquelyn Mitchard's Indian Fry Bread
Try Jacquelyn Mitchard's easy and delicous recipe for Indian Fry Bread when your group discusses Look Both Ways. You can also learn about how the recipe connects to her novel.
BOOK CLUBS RECOMMEND
Reading Suggestions from Youth Book Clubs
Mother-Daughter Book group (Grade 7) of West Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania, recommends:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press, 2008), Fiction, 384 pages
"Think American Idol and Survivor meet George Orwell. The United States has collapsed and the repressive, television-driven, Panem government requires each of its twelve districts to send two teens per year to compete in the Hunger Games. The winners earn status and stuff for their families and district, including ample food. In the nationally televised fight to the death, Catnips, a scrappy black-market hunter, volunteers in order to spare her twelve-year old sister. There's a teen love triangle, some interesting cultural observations, and plenty of action and violence. Our seventh graders loved it and didn't find it too gory. The moms agreed it was a good read, but were a little less rapturous. We discussed the 'stylists' who presented the contestants and helped the teens determine how to best present themselves in public. How much of this presentation was true versus a calculated image? The level of violence in the book was also discussed. The kids seemed less troubled by it than we were."