Kid/Young Adult Lit Book Discussion: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

****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.

Amazon.com Review:

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.

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  • Rex B.

    Nice group of people. Looking forward to the next time.

    September 13, 2013

  • Pam L.

    Enjoyed the discussion tonight! See you all next time.

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Mary

    Rodzina by Karen Cushman is the name of the juvenile book about orphan trains.

    September 12, 2013

  • Mary

    It was another evening of great discussion. Thanks Donna for the fact checking! So glad that I found this great group of book people.

    September 12, 2013

  • Susan

    Very lively discussion and we even learned a bit of history!

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Susan

    Stan/Krista - Usually we're there until 8:30 or 9, so do stop by if you can.

    September 11, 2013

    • Krista

      ok, great. glad you posted this. :)

      September 12, 2013

  • Mary

    If last time's meeting is any indication, we will be there long past 8pm.

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Krista

    I am going to try to be there but it will be later, like Stan. Can I get someone's phone number so I can text them and see if you guys will still be there around 8?

    September 11, 2013

  • Stan F.

    Ooh. i just got a work gig that night. If I can make it, the soonest I can be there is 8pm. :/

    September 11, 2013

  • Krista

    Got the book last night! Hey everyone, like i said, I have a conflict on second Thursdays but I'm going to go to my vegan group at 6:30 and then head over to you guys about 7:30 or so. I want to at least meet you all. :D I moved here from Santa Fe last year. I had started a kid lit group there after reading Happiness Project, as well. :)

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    AHhh I would so go on the 10th, but I have a show that night!! It's at 8pm at pocket if anyone is interested in some comedy!
    (no pressure) ;) I would love to still read the book though!
    Hey if no one is busy on that Tuesday let me know! The show will be great and it ends by 10pm!

    August 27, 2013

    • Pam L.

      It changed to the 12th, did you see?

      September 3, 2013

  • Mary

    I did get a copy of Number the Stars and have blocked off Thurs, Sept 12th so I will see you all then.

    September 3, 2013

  • Krista

    So excited to see a kid lit book group - YAY! I want to come but when i went to put it on my calendar just now I see i have another commitment that night. darn! i'm going to get the book and read it, and see what I can figure out. If not this time I hope to come next book.

    September 2, 2013

  • Kay

    Sorry. I thought I had a conflict so I waited. It turns out that I do.

    September 2, 2013

  • Susan

    I'm flexible on days and could do Thursdays also - if Kat and Rose are amenable, I'll move this first one to Thursday the 12th. I was going to go with your book suggestion for the next meeting (just going in order of the comments as they came in) - and I'll be happy to let you 'host' your book selection :-)

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Pam L.

      So is it moved to the 12th? I'm not picky about the book, we can do either.

      August 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am fine with any book! Just as long as you guys are going to be there!

      August 27, 2013

  • Pam L.

    I'll be there!

    August 23, 2013

  • Mary

    Oh, that would be great. Thanks. Mary

    August 22, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry to be a party pooper for the first meetup of the kids/juvenile group. Would anyone be interested in meeting on a Thursday at 7? I can make Tuesday once a month but I have previous commitments for most Tuesdays at 7:30. I would be willing to start up that meetup if anyone is interested. I was thinking of more recent Newbery Award books, for example the 2013 winner The One and Only Ivan. I have requested it from the library. It seems Cafe Express is a convenient location so I would be willing to have it there.

    August 22, 2013

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