7th and 8th graders are invited to attend the Teen book club on Wednesday December 9 at lunch in the library to discuss Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys. Unlike the rest of the women in her family, Blue Sargent has no psychic powers. Instead she’s a kind of amplifier that makes everyone else’s powers stronger, which is why her mother takes her along every year for the annual graveyard walk of the spirits of those who will die in that year. Blue never sees anyone, until a the spirit of a lost boy stumbles across her path. This only happens if he is her true love, or if she is going to kill him. Blue doesn’t even know this Gansey – he’s one of the rich boys who go to the elite private school in town – the Raven boys. But even though Blue detests the spoiled Raven Boys, she can’t help but become friends with Richard Gansey when she meets him in person, along with his friends Adam, a proud local boy putting himself through school, Ronan, angry and standoffish, and Noah, shy and a little odd. Soon Blue is swept up in Gansey’s search for an ancient sleeping Welsh king, but others are looking for him as well, and Gansey’s future is uncertain at best. Once you read this first book, you’ll want to devour the rest of the books in the Raven Cycle. (Ms. Piombo is counting the days until book 4, The Raven King, comes out in April 2016.)
All students are invited to attend the Whole School Book Club on Thursday, November 19 at lunch in the library as we discuss Ally Condie’s Matched. Everyone in Cassia’s society is happy, now that they are freed from the nightmare of too many choices. Nearly all major decisions are made for you. Your ideal job, how many children to have, even who you marry – a computer algorithm matches you with your perfect life. Cassia is a little anxious about her upcoming Match day, when she’ll find out the identity of her future husband. Usually it’s a stranger from another City, but Cassia is relieved when her match turns out to be her best friend Xander. They already know and love each other. But a random computer glitch suggests that this match might be a mistake, and one fleeting image of another boy puts a crack in Cassia’s perfect world that threatens not only her future happiness, but the safety of everyone she loves. First in an exciting and thoughtful dystopian trilogy!