Public invited to Jonathan Alder book club event

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(Posted March 14, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Students at Jonathan Alder High School are inviting fellow students, teachers, parents and community members to eat pizza and talk about books.

The special book club meeting is part of Project LIT, a nationwide initiative that brings people together around a shared reading experience. Students choose the books, plan and promote the event, and serve as facilitators.

Jonathan Alder’s book club meeting is set for 11:10 a.m. to 12:46 p.m. April 25 at the high school. A pizza lunch will be provided. Seniors in the English 12 class will lead the discussion.

The students have picked five books to discuss:

  • “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah–(Memoir) Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” writes about his experiences growing up in South Africa during apartheid.
  • “The 57 Bus: The True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives” by Dashka Slater–(Non-Fiction) On a bus ride home from school, a single reckless act leaves one teen severely burned and the other charged with hate crimes.
  • “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi–(Fantasy) The king has stripped the kingdom’s people of their magic, but a sister-brother team has a chance to right the wrong.
  • “Tradition” by Brendan Kiely–(Young Adult/Fiction) Two academy students take on privilege, sexism, and the importance of consent.
  • “Pride” by Ibi Zoboi–(Young Adult/Fiction) This modern update of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” balances cultural identity, class and gentrification with first love.

Anyone can participate in the book club by reading one or more of the books, then taking part in the discussion on April 25. Reservations are required by April 18. Send an email to teacher Megan Dincher at dincheme@japioneers.org and indicate which book or books in above list you would like to discuss.

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