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Meet for a discussion of "Carry On" by Rainbow Rowell. Feel free to purchase a drink, snack or meal, though it is not required. We usually stay until at least 1:00 p.m. though often some of us end up hanging out and talking until even later. Summary: Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here -- it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story - but far, far more monsters.
Meet for a discussion of "Greetings from Witness Protection!" by Jake Burt. Feel free to purchase a drink, snack or meal, though it is not required. We usually stay until at least 1:00 p.m. though often some of us end up hanging out and talking until even later. Summary: The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need. Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average.
Meet for a discussion of "The Face in the Wave" by Joanne Rode. Joanne Rode is a newish member of our book group. The book is available on Amazon as well as the Burbank Public Library and the Santa Monica Public Library. (Unless things have changed, if you don't live in Santa Monica, you have to pay for a library card. Shocking, I know.) Since the book is so short there's an optional second short book "Binti" by Nnedi Okorafor. If you only have time for one, please read "The Face in the Wave." Feel free to purchase a drink, snack or meal, though it is not required. We usually stay until at least 1:00 p.m. though often some of us end up hanging out and talking until even later. Summary of "The Face in the Wave": Thirteen year old Greydon loves the sea and the creatures in it. He volunteers at Marine World and learns everything isn’t as it seems. When he discovers an exotic creature and tries to protect it, his world collides with a reality that he had never expected, and holds a secret he vows never to reveal. Summary of OPTIONAL second book "Binti": Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.