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During Teen Tech Week our Book Club students created Floppy Disk Journals.


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Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather’s ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess’s classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.


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At our first meeting, I created activities for us to get to know one another better so that we are more comfortable sharing thoughts during our book discussions. We started with the Wonderball Know It All. For this activity, the group created a circle. Students took turns throwing a beach ball with numbers on it to each other. When they caught it, they called out the number nearest their right thumb. I read out the corresponding question to them to answer. I was able to gather some great information on the personality of the kids on questions such as, “What is your biggest phobia?”, “On a scale of 1-10, how hip are you?”, and “What is something you couldn’t live without?”. Another activity was to create a Google Drawing of themselves using the effects on Photofunia.com to reflect their personality. Below are some of the results. I think they were very creative and did a great job! I’m looking forward to a great year with a very unique group of Book Club members.

nakyungshirlingwinston gabebailey, riley

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book club - eighth day

The WJMS Book Club met March 12th to receive their third and final book of the year. The group will be reading The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni, which I was able to find through our last Book Fair. After reading a passage to club members, I announced we would be able to Skype with the author during our next meeting in April. I’m looking forward to revealing the surprise our author has graciously provided for them.

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Book Club met at the end of January to discuss The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry. The group really enjoyed the book and contributed some great responses to our discussion questions. The biggest issue for everyone was how unrealistic the relationship Cady had with Ty was. Who helps a potentially mentally ill girl who is running from the police with no proof of innocence!?

After our group discussion, the group was challenged to create a new cover and title for the book. I think they did a great job in creating some pretty creepy covers.

Original Book Cover

COVER EMI Book Club the girl who was supposed to die cover book club (1)

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