Young Readers Society: Middle School Chapter
Come to The Middle School Chapter (grades 6th through 8th) of the Young Readers Society Book Club!
Meet-ups will be held on the third Friday of each month in the bookstore from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Book Club selections will be announced the month prior to Book Club Meet-Ups and the discussions will be facilitated by one of our Word After Word team members. Young Readers Society Members get 20% OFF monthly Book Club selections using Coupon Code YRS20, plus other surprise special offers.
**We'll be skipping the December meet-up because of the holiday, but we'll start up again in January!**
Our January meet-up will be on Friday, January 17th. We'll be discussing Orphan Island, by Laurel Snyder
Summary of the book:
In the tradition of modern-day classics like Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.
On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts.
And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.
Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been.
But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?
Recommended age range: 11+
A National Book Award Longlist title!
"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon
"This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical." —Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series