So I’m going to try something new with this blog. I’ve been wanting to talk about the YA books Idiscovered this summer, but instead of inundating you with reviews for books you haven’t read–I’m starting the Up and Writing online book club.
Unlike regular book clubs which meet once a month, we’re going to read each book in four segments and have weekly discussions right here at Up and Writing. I’ll moderate and provide starter questions, but I hope you participants will provide your own analysis, questions and thoughts on the books in the comments section. (Once I get my web site up, I hope to move all this business over there and perhaps set up a forum, which would be better suited to this sort of thing than a blog is! But for now, here we are at WordPress).
Our first book is MELTING STONES by Tamora Pierce. Fourteen-year-old Evvy is a stone mage who channels magic through rocks of every kind. When Evvy’s teacher drags her to a remote island on a routine mission to investigate dying plants, they soon learn that Evvy’s way with stones may be crucial to saving the island’s inhabitants from total destruction.
Normally I’ll hold club discussions on Fridays, but next week I will be out of town on Friday. So our first discussion will be Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Please take a moment to comment on this post if you plan to participate. Also, since this is a group primarily focused on YA books, spread the word to any teens you think would enjoy participating.