OK Bookclubbers, it is time to discuss The Higher Power of Lucky. My hope for this forum is that it can be more dynamic-like a chat room, and less static-like everyone makes one comment and is done. Please continue to check back and respond to other readers’ comments, so it can be an ongoing conversation.
A while ago I made some suggestions about what to take note of–plot, character development, good literary bits, etc. Tell us what you think about all that. Also, tell us what you thought generally of the book. Do you think it deserved the Newberry Medal this year (declaring it the best book in American children’s lit for 2007)? What do you think about the controversy?? (Let me tell you, there was quite a conversation about it in the class I attended last month, so I’m super curious about what all of you think.) I’ll let y’all begin the commenting and I’ll add my two cents here and there.
Let the fun begin!
Hi friends. First of all, remember that the book club is always open to anyone. Please feel free to join at any time! Second, for those of you who have expressed interest in reading The Higher Power of Lucky–let us begin! I thought June 30th would be a good deadline. It is only 134 pages of 4th grade reading, so even if you don’t have much spare time, I figured a month would be sufficient. Please let me know if you’d like more time (like if it’s taking forever to arrive from Amazon…).
Here are some things to note while you are reading that I think will make for fun and interesting discussion:
1) Plot development
2) Character development
3) Things you do/don’t like about the story
4) What side of the controversy you are on
5) Good literary bits/clever writing
6) Anything else you want to talk about
I’ve been having a ball jotting down the “good literary bits.” Here’s one of my favorites thus far (from page 6):
“Lucky thought of a question that Short Sammy’s story had lodged into one of her brain crevices. She figured she had so many crevices and wrinkles, almost all of them filled with questions and anxious thoughts, that if you were to take her brain and flatten it out, it would cover a huge space, like maybe a king-size bed.”
A couple of my friends told me the other day that they would like me to recommend novels for grown-ups (my word, not theirs). They even suggested a bloggy book club, which I thought was a clever idea. Well, here’s the thing. I think every adult needs to read the classic children’s and adolescent books as much as they need to read grown-up classics. Partly because it will help you be a better parent. And partly because there are a lot of greaties that you should not be living without!
So I’m challenging you all to read this month’s Novel of the Month. (Which month, Mrs. Cropper? It’s the end of May for heaven’s sake! Well, I’m counting it for May AND June, so there you go!) The unique thing here is that I’m going to read it along with you for my first time, as I’ve yet to read it. Therefore I cannot now say, “You’ll love it! This is a must read!” like I usually do. We’ll be exploring together. The book is the 2007 Newberry Medal winner, and is entitled The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron. It is highly acclaimed, but has stirred up a bit of controversy as well. If you want to read about that to make sure you want to read it, click here.
So here’s what I’m envisioning. You read this post and take my challenge. You leave a comment to say “I’m in!” You rush out to your local library or Barnes&Noble, or click my link to Amazon to obtain the book. We choose a date to be finished by and have a cyber book club meeting about the book. What do you think??!!