I host two book clubs one for 7th graders and one for 8th graders. I do these separate because we meet over lunch since it is the one time where everyone is together. In our school we have an activity period at the end of the day for clubs and such but the kids are so involved that it is a nightmare to find a day where everyone can attend. So I provide the lunch and the kids come and eat and discuss. First I want to say that I LOVE my book club kids. I truly love all my students but these are the kids who really get excited about what they are reading and since I do as well...... well you can understand our connection!
7th grade book club
This year I didn't start the book clubs until a little later (which gives me time to get to know my 7th graders). Our first book we read was (drum roll please......) The Selection. Now I am not a fan of reality TV so the first time someone compared it to the Bachelor, I was less than excited to read it. I must say though, I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I liked the book (see my book review of The Selection). My students where in love with the book ( most have finished the series by now). Our first lunch was walking tacos which are super easy and a favorite for kids. Needless to say we had a great discussion and good food, nothing could be better. I have also attached some of the discussion questions I used to "break the ice" here.
Stay tuned for our next book club discussion, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater!