Ms. Rivers METCO Director
Ms. Lemons, English Department Director
Ms. Hanson, HS Librarian
Ms. Sousa, MS LIbrarian
All of the book club titles are listed below along with descriptions, which teacher is hosting the club and the meeting time. We hope you decide to join us! Please sign up using the links provided below. You can join as many clubs as you like.
We are looking forward to meeting with you over the summer and talking about books together.
"It's 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly white Vermont town is enough to make her feel alien. And even though teachers and neighbors balk at her mixed-race family and her refusals to conform, Mimi's dreams of becoming an astronaut never fade--- no matter how many times she's told no. " --Summer Book Club Boston Guide
"Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life." -- Publisher
"Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she’d also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.) But in middle school, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what? Shay’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum. Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn't face her fear, she'll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that’s trouble, for real." -- Publisher
"This is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing who and what she will become. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, she is able to rise above hopelessness and create a quiet space for herself, in the midst of her oppressive surroundings. This sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery."
"In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his new endeavor: the writing of his final book, Remember This House, recounting the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.I Am Not Your Negro delves into the complex legacy of three lives (and deaths) that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Framing the unfinished work as a radical narration about race in America, the movie matches Baldwin's lyrical rhetoric with rich archival footage of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and connects these historical struggles for justice and equality to the present-day movements that have taken shape in response to the killings of young African-American men including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, and Amir Brooks. Exploring what it means to be Black in America today, the film reflects on the legacy of racial violence that still permeates the country. By revealing the deep connections between past and present injustice, I Am Not Your Negro weaves an epic narrative about America's irrational relationship with skin color - a relationship that would be absurd were it not so tragic." -- Publisher
This is the school database that has the movie I Am Not Your Negro. Scroll over the black circle with the "i" in it for password instructions. If you have trouble please email Mrs. Hanson for help (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"Anyone who's taken a long journey anywhere will tell you that you don't know where you are if you can't say where you've been. I'd add that you won't know where you're going if you don't know the landscape. I'm hoping that Kendi's book will help me start and continue the long arduous journey to understanding how I can transform myself and the world around me from being merely "not racist" to actively "anti-racist". I'm hoping the book will be challenging and provocative, but ultimately inspiring. I invite you to find out with me."
"Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help. As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?" --Publisher
"Lena and Campbell aren't friends. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night." -- Publisher
NOTE: This book is written by two authors, one white, one black, who write alternating narratives from the point of view of each of the main characters.
"Edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi and featuring some of the most acclaimed, bestselling black authors writing for teens today-Black Enough is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it's like to be young and black in America. Black is...sisters navigating their relationship at summer camp in Portland, Oregon, as written by Renée Watson. Black is… three friends walking back from the community pool talking about nothing and everything, in a story by Jason Reynolds. Black is…Nic Stone's bougie debutante dating a boy her momma would never approve of. Black is…two girls kissing in Justina Ireland's story set in Maryland. Black is urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more-because there are countless ways to be black enough. Contributors: Justina Ireland, Varian Johnson, Rita Williams-Garcia, Dhonielle Clayton, Kekla Magoon, Leah Henderson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Jason Reynolds, Nic Stone, Liara Tamani, Renée Watson, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Brandy Colbert, Jay Coles, Ibi Zoboi, and Lamar Giles." --Publisher