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Book Club will meet in October 15 in the library media center to read Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider.
It’s hard to imagine a story about terminally ill teens that isn’t depressing, but Schneider (The Beginning of Everything) has created just that. Set in the not-too-distant future after a deadly strain of tuberculosis has swept across the U.S., the novel is set in Latham House, a residential facility for young people infected with the disease. There, 17-year-old Lane reunites with an old acquaintance, Sadie. Despite their illnesses, the two start falling in love as they test their limits inside the facility and reinvent themselves. Lane and Sadie’s alternating viewpoints sensitively trace how their experiences affect their perspectives of both life and death: Lane, once a serious and disciplined student, learns to live for the moment, and Sadie, an unpopular “disaster in middle school,” is becoming a leader, surrounded by friends. When the residents learn that a cure may become available, they are left to ponder what they will gain and lose by getting well and re-entering society. Balancing the hope of new beginnings against the uncertain fates of victims, it’s a novel that should prompt thoughtful discussions. Ages 13–up. Agent: Merrilee Heifetz, Writers House. (May) -Publisher’s Weekly
Book Club is open to everyone. Please come to the library media center to sign up or if you have any questions.
As a member of the Book Club, you receive this book free of charge, with the understanding that if you can not attend the scheduled meeting, for any reason, you will be charged for my cost of the book.
Book club will meet one Monday per month, immediately after school in the Library Media Center. Book club lasts for about 1 to 1 ½ hours.
As soon as all the copies of the book come in, I will choose a date for each meeting. You will receive an email and listen to morning announcements for you to come and pick up the book.
Due to a large number of book club members, if you do not attend the meeting because you have a previous commitment, we will charge you our cost of the book. You might want to consider borrowing a book from someone or taking out a Library copy if you might not be able to attend the meeting for any reason. I CAN’T accept returned books in perfect condition because it has caused me to lose money from Toadstool.
We have snacks and drinks at each meeting. Please be willing to volunteer to bring something in on occasion so that not one person is always bringing in snacks.
Mrs. Palmer & Mrs. McNally