Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Mother/Daugher Book Club

book jacket

Our group met tonight to discuss our October selection -- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  Unfortunately, neither Daisy daughter nor her mother finished the book.  I have read it before, but it's been years, and my 40 year old brain just didn't remember the details like I thought I would.  Daisy daughter had a hard time getting thru it.  I'm not sure if it was the "science fiction" subject matter or what exactly, but she only made it thru about 5 chapters before giving up.  I had hard time motivating her, since I was a bad literary example.

However, the other girls and mothers that were there loved the book.  One of DD's peers who was the most reluctant to read it, had not quite finished in time for our discussion, but was so worried that we would spoil the ending, she made us promise to not talk about it!  I'm not sure why I thought this would be "above" our girls' heads, but I was mistaken (well, except for mine!).  Our hostess had the CD version of Madeleine L'Engle reading the book and played a portion of the book for the girls.  Wow, she had a great narrating voice.  DD loves listening to audio books, so when I am at the library on Thursday, I'm going to check it out -- hopefully she will be able to finish it by listening instead of reading!

Our next selection is:

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Summary:  As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

I'm not sure how successful this book will be with our girls, but I totally underestimated how the girls would react to the above, so I hope I'm pleasantly surprised!  I read it earlier in the year and wasn't overly impressed, but I know I am in the minority, as this has been highly praised. (Hence the medallion award on the cover).

Also, we are talking about reading some nonfiction for our January Mother/Daughter book club (we take December off for the holidays) -- does anyone have any nonfiction suggestions for juvenile readers?  The only thing that comes to mind is biographies.