It all started when FG read about “The Book Club Book” in the American Girl Magazine. My friend, Heidi, then sent FG a copy of the book for her birthday and now there is the “Six Chicks Book Club.” One member was missing due to her own “fever” that day:
I love FG’s group of friends ~ they are smart, confident, polite and friendly. I couldn’t have hand-picked a better group even if I could. I’ve been lucky all my life with having wonderful girlfriends and I pray for the same with FG. When other parents mention they’re glad they have a boy instead of a girl because girls are so difficult (I find that a bit rude), I just smile because I KNOW what joy FG brings to us and this book club she started reminds me of how proud I am of her and what she hopes to accomplish.
I was a bit dubious about a Book Club of 10 year olds mostly because as much as I would enjoy joining a book club, I’ve never joined one out of fear of intimidation by the ever present English Lit major who seems to be in every group I’ve been asked to join 😉
FG’s book club members are great readers, attentive and really enjoyed their first selection which was “Fever 1793″ by Laurie Halse Anderson:
I did read the book so I could help FG with some of the discussion questions but, not wanting to intrude, I stayed out of the way during their meeting. The book was interesting and, even though it was recommended for a higher grade level, the girls had no trouble comprehending the story line. Each girl wrote a letter to the author and I finally found her snail mail address on her website here. It turns out she has a website and a blog called Mad Woman in the Forest. I particularly enjoyed her blog and will be checking it often. She lives less than 45 minutes from us so maybe one day FG and her book club will have a chance to meet her at one of the book signings or school visits in the area. Although according to her website she’s a little too busy for school visits and only speaks at conventions.
Next book on the list to read for the book club is: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi-writer. (Historical Adventure)