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Summer book clubs for grades 6-12: Selections, schedules and sign ups

Summer Book Club Selections and Schedule

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.

LOOK BOTH WAYS: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

an image of the cover of Look Both Ways, blue stripes alternating with sidewalk scenes"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

  • Recommended for rising 6th graders
  • Content warning: Death of family member
  • Available for purchase and at local libraries
  • Ms. Rivers, our METCO director, is hosting this club
  • Tuesday August 4, 4pm

A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE by Lisa Moore Ramee

image of the cover of A Good Kind of Trouble; a Black girl looking into the distance against a white background with the title in orange and purple lettering"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

  • Recommended for all middle schoolers
  • Age-appropriate references to a first kiss.
  • Audiobook available on Hoopla
  • Ms. Heichelbech, a middle school teacher,  is hosting this club
  • Tuesday, July 28, 1pm

FULL CICADA MOON by Marilyn Hilton

image of cover of full cicada moon, a wintry sky, bare tree branches and a girl's upturned face"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

  • Recommended for grades 6, 7 and 8
  • The story takes place in Vermont in the late 1960's, so there may be some uncomfortable language.
  • eBook available on Hoopla
  • Ms. Martin, a middle school teacher, is hosting
  • Tuesday July 21, 11am

THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros

"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."

  • Recommended for grades 8 and 9
  • References to abuse, sexual behavior, and violence.
  • eBook available on Hoopla
  • Mr. McHugh, a middle school teacher, is hosting
  • Thursday, August 6 at 2pm

BLACK ENOUGH edited by Ibi Zoboi

image of the cover of Black Enough: a boy an a girl looking at each other against a purple background"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

 

  • Recommended for grades 9 and up
  • Some use of strong language and addressing issues such as alcoholism
  • eBook and audiobook are available on Hoopla
  • Ms. Collins, a high school teacher,  is hosting this club
  • Tuesday, July 21 at 1pm

I'M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT by Gilly Segal & Kimberley Jones

Image of the cover of I'M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT. A dark night with a white moon and two girls in profile, one Black one white"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.

  • Recommended for grades 9 and up
  • Mature language; references to sexuality; violence
  • eBook is available from Hoopla
  • Ms. Lemons, a high school teacher, is hosting this club
  • Thursday August 6, 4pm

MONDAY'S NOT COMING by Tiffany Jackson

 

image of the book cover of Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson. Red background with a girl crouching in the middle with the title in white type around her outlineTWO MEETINGS!

"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

  • Recommended for grades 9 and up
  • Some use of strong language and references to abuse, alcohol and drug use
  • ebook and audiobook available on Hoopla
  • Two meetings. Mr. Kelley is hosting one and Ms. Riemer is hosting the other. They are both high school teachers.
  • Ms. Riemer's club meets Monday, July 20 at 5pm
  • Mr. Kelley's club meets Tuesday, July 28 at 11am

STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: The Definitive History of Racial Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Image of the cover of Stamped from the Beginning, a silhouette of a Black man's head with red stripes streaming from it"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."

--Mr. Moon

 

  • Recommended for 11th and 12th graders
  • This is the original version of this text written with an adult audience in mind. This is NOT the YA version released recently.
  • Audiobook available from Hoopla
  • Audiobook available  free on Spotify
  • Mr. Moon, a high school teacher,  is hosting this club
  • Thursday, July 30, 1pm

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (Movie)

An image of the movie poster of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: James Baldwins' eyes above the title of the movie. The image is in black and white."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

  • Recommended for 11th and 12th graders
  • Strong language and some depictions of violence against protestors.
  • Movie available free on Kanopy; Stream for free with Amazon Prime; View on Amazon for 99 cents.
  • Ms. Rivers, our METCO director, is hosting this club
  • Thursday, August 27, 1pm

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 (hansona@weston.org).

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