This is a group for anyone interested in revisiting books read during childhood, especially novels and chapter books commonly read in late elementary school or middle school. We will explore how stories have stuck with us over the years and why we remember them fondly (or discover why they don't resonate anymore). Anyone with an interest in children's lit is welcome - including those who haven't read the selected books before. We're looking forward to meeting other re-readers!
Check out the past events to see what books we've read as a group! We usually meet in cafes in the East Bay, in cities including Fremont, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Oakland, and Berkeley. Feel free to order brunch or a coffee while chatting with us. Members can nominate books to read at the end of most meetings, or they can message Becky or Eva with suggestions.
Please note that due to our limited budget for the Rereading Children's Literature Meetup, we are capped at 50 members. We will occasionally boot inactive members out (based on if they have not checked the Meetup page in a long time or never shown up) in order to make room for new members.
We're returning to the land of fairy tales and myths for July and rereading Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl. "A beautifully textured and deeply re-imagined version of the Grimm Brothers Goose Girl," says Kirkus Reviews. This conversation will be led by Aamani!
*** NOTE ON THE LOCATION ***
We will probably host this discussion online. The group will decide in late June.
Becky will send an update and instructions to access Zoom 3-4 days before the meeting date. You'll need a compatible device (computer, smartphone, iPad, etc.), a stable internet connection, and a quiet space to connect to our Zoom meeting.
The Goose Girl (2003)
by Shannon Hale
Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt's incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt's strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm's fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm.
Summary adapted from Goodreads.com