Book Discussion *Update*

Not mentioned in our Summer Reading Guide for the book discussion is that Kindred will be for High School only!

High School students will have both A Winkle in Time or Kindred to choose from but Middle School Students will be reading A Wrinkle in Time only.

Again, anyone can choose either the novel or graphic novel versions of these books. Below you will find a reading schedule. The first meeting will assume the first part of the schedule is read.

It was a dark and stormy night.

Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet. ” -Picture and Description from Goodreads

A Wrinkle in Time Reading Schedule:

12 Chapters Total: 2 Chapters a week for 6 weeks

Graphic Novel will follow the same pattern

June 18th: discuss chapters 1 and 2

June 25th: discuss chapters 3 and 4

July 2nd: discuss chapters 5 and 6

July 9th: discuss chapters 7 and 8

July 16th: discuss chapters 9 and 10

July 23rd: discuss chapters 11 and 12

” The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother. ” -Picture and Description from Goodreads

Kindred the Graphic Novel Reading Schedule:

5 sections: 1 section a week with section 3 broken into 2 parts

June 18th: discuss section 1 “the prologue” “the river” and “the fire”

June 25th: discuss section 2 “the fall”

July 2nd: discuss section 3 “the fight” until page 130

July 9th: discuss section 3 “the fight” beginning on page 131 until section 4

July 16th: discuss section 4 “the storm”

July 23rd: discuss section 5 “the rope” and the epilogue

Novel will follow same pattern with “the fight” ending on page 138 for week 3 and beginning on page 138-139 for week 4

Creative Writing Contest (Summer Reading Program 2019)

Ask the YA librarian any of your questions!

Need some inspiration? Here’s a few prompts to get you started! You can also head over to our Pinterest page and look at our creative writing board!

• An impulse buy leading to intergalactic warfare
• A language class for aliens
• Someone goes to extreme lengths to return something they borrowed
• It’s 3am and you get an official phone alert saying “Do not look at the moon”. You have hundreds of notifications all of them saying “It’s a beautiful night tonight. Look outside. Look at the moon.”
• “Have we robbed this bank before? I feel like we have.”
• “The fire didn’t start itself! Which one of you did it?”
• You’re vacationing in a city you’ve never been to before. Suddenly you’ve found yourself in a place you’ve seen hundreds of times in your dreams. The person you always see in your dreams is there, too. They slowly turn to you and ask “Is it really, you?”
• Write a myth to explain thunder and lightning
• How do you feel when you love someone who does not love you back?
• Write about two people seeing each other for the first time.
• This character has always had the ability to change how they looked, and so they hid their true appearance behind attractive façades. Now, their abilities aren’t working, exposing what they truly look like.
• Magic is the norm. Some excel at it, some are only okay, and others are against it completely, despite being able to use it. Your main character is the latter.
• Your character researches untouched societies as a living. While deep in the jungle on an assignment, they accidentally allow themselves to be seen by someone from the society, a big no-no. What that person is capable of is beyond the world your character knew existed.
• Your character lives in a world where every single person’s DNA is carefully genetically designed for something to help the community. Your main character despises what they were created for. This has never happened before.
• Due to climate change, wildfires have engulfed the large majority of living land. Your character is one of many attempting to board a ship set for a new in-ocean settlement. The problem? That settlement doesn’t actually exist.
• As an artist, your main character has it well. But when everything they’ve worked for is burned in a tragic fire, they have to start all over with nothing to their name and a roommate determined to hold them back.
• Whenever you speak, people hear you speaking in their native language. Most people are surprised and delighted but the cashier you just talked to at McDonald’s is horrified. He says “No one’s spoken that language in thousands of years!”
• A Ghost that travelled the universe
• A ghost from someone that died in the 90s or 2000s what would their personality be like?
• The skeletons are coming
• You’re an assassin with a 6th sense. You help ghosts get vengeance for the wrongs done to them while they were alive.
• Throwing a coin into a fountain and making a wish doesn’t grant it. Taking them out grants it. A homeless man fishes out some of the coins. These are the stories of whose coins he took.
• Where is home?
• The scent of smoke filled the air
• The smell of wood

Updated Reads from your Librarian

Your YA librarian has just finished Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Binti is a short science fiction novel based in African culture. Binti is given an exciting opportunity to go to the best university in the galaxy, Oozma University. Accepting the offer means leaving her family and way of life behind which isn’t something anyone in her culture does or has done. Binti is willing to take the chance and to gain the best knowledge there is but getting there takes a turn for the worst when the Meduse come on board her ship. The Meduse are an alien race set on waging war against her university. Now Binti must survive and get to her destination.

At 96 pages you can fly through this award-winning tale of space and community.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a character-driven YA novel set in the late 80s as two boys come of age.

Ari is an angry but kind teen who hasn’t had many friends. He’s the youngest in his family with his other siblings much older and his brother in prison. No one talks about his brother and this angers him more. Ari’s father is aloof since coming back from the war and his mother is a mother just hanging around too much for his teen self to like.

Dante is a creative thinking happier teen who befriends Ari when he offers to teach him to swim and they begin a friendship that Ari has never had.

Both loners create a special bond that helps lead to discovering more about themselves and who they want to be in the world.

Both books are available at the library in physical, ebook, and audiobook!