The Book of Three Book Club

Last month I had the pleasure of reading The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander with almost twenty young readers. It was a tremendously good book club because, after a year and a half of reading together, we have developed a common vernacular and culture. It isn’t enough to discuss the story arc or character…

Hobbit Club: September Meeting

In our September Hobbit Club meeting, we drank Dragon Eye Red Ale beer that Greg and I brewed, we had birthday cupcakes for Frodo and Bilbo, and we laughed until our sides hurt. It was a party for Hobbits! The reading for this month was the Joseph Pearce commentary, Frodo’s Journey. At this point in…

Book Club Questions

Sometimes the hardest part about leading a book club is getting the conversation going. While every book will have its own relevant questions and topics for discussion, it is nice to have a cheat sheet you can consult when the conversation dries up. Here are a dozen of my favorites: What did you like most…

Book Club: The Winged Watchman

My review of Hilda van Stockum’s “The Winged Watchman” can be found here. This book was a pretty straight-forward affair. The nine attendees were 12-16 years old, all had read the book at least once, and all were reasonably comfortable with each other. Ok, they were more than reasonably comfortable. We were arguing, laughing, arguing…