Friday, July 17, 2015

Books, Brownies, and Beyond - 1st Summer Meeting!

Our meeting on Thursday, July 16 included Katie and Charlie, regular members of our book club; Sam, Charlie's friend; Steven, an incoming sixth grader; Ms. Bowman from the Mercer Island public library; and a Skype visit with me (Ms. Behnke) from Oklahoma where I was visiting friends and family.  The cookie bars made it to book club even though I didn't.  We missed some of the regular members, but hope you'll be able to join us for our next scheduled meeting on Thursday, August 6 from 4-5 p.m. at the public library in the small meeting room.  It was enjoyable to hear what people are currently reading and to share books.

I shared two titles with the group, Circus Mirandus, the book I'm currently reading and Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, the next book in my WTR (want to read) pile.

Last month I finished Love, Ruby Lavender, the first book in my summer chicken-themed books.  I brought this book home from my classroom library since I love Each Little Bird That Sings, also by Deborah Wiles.  Love, Ruby Lavender is an epistolary novel, told partially through letters written between Ruby and her grandmother, Miss Eula.  Read the book to discover how a new friend and pet chickens help Ruby accept her grandfather's death.

I also finished The Disappearance of Emily H in June, a book that I shared with Elsa during book club.  When Elsa returned the book, she insisted that I read it.  This mystery, that is also about middle school bullying, features Raine, a new girl in town. The main character's supernatural ability to see sparkles on objects that contain people's memories helps her to solve the mystery of Emily's disappearance.  Raine's ability to read people's memories reminded me of Lois Lowry's book, Gossamer.  The addition of Raine's supernatural power puts this book in the genre of magical realism.

Ms. Bowman's book shares included The Honest Truth, Book Scavenger, and Circus Mirandus.

The afternoon concluded with a lively discussion about the quality of movies made from books.  Charlie created a scale with Harry Potter at one end (high) and Eragon at the other end (low).  Charlie has been reading or perhaps rereading the Inheritance trilogy this summer.  I was excited to receive the first student book review of the summer yesterday.  Katie submitted a review of Emmy and the Rats in the Belfry.  You can read her review here.


  1. It was wonderful to use technology to include you in our meeting! Later in the day I was frustrated with the same technology, but I was pulled out of it by memories of our conversation. Thanks, Katie, for your review!

  2. I'm so glad that I was able to join the meeting from Oklahoma via Skype. Hopefully, more members will be in town for our next meeting in August.

  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I live in Puyallup, not far from you. I am also an educator. This next year will be my 37th year, the last eleven in a high school library. I see you read books with an eye for Newbery winners, i do the same for Printz Award books. I am always on the lookout.

  4. I've read Circus Mirandus and Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer and I loved them!