****DATE CHANGE**** Since a few people who were really interested in this book club off-shoot can't make it on Tuesday, I've changed the date to Thursday, September 12 (same book, time and place). Hopefully everyone who could make it on Tuesday will still be able to make it. We can discuss what day of the week works best for everyone going forward :-)
So, one of the things we learned while discussing The Happiness Project the other evening was that several of us really enjoy reading kid/young adult literature (think everything from Harry Potter to Hunger Games to Twilight to The Book Thief to Newbery Medal winners, etc...), and the idea of a book club within a book club focusing on this genre was born! We'll be adding an extra monthly selection in this area, but don't worry, we'll still have our regular adult selection meetup every month too :-)
For the first selection, one of our members suggested Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - it's an older 'classic', which won the Newbery Medal in 1990. I scheduled this meetup for early September (10th), to allow enough space between this and our regular selection on the 23rd - it's only 3 weeks away, but these books are usually shorter, quicker reads, so hopefully it won't be a problem. I'll post another member-pick kid-lit selection for October soon, so we'll have more lead-time going forward.
The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Number the Stars won the 1990 Newbery Medal.