The Page Turners Book Club has chosen The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau as the novel to be discussed at our March 2nd meeting. The City of Ember should appeal to most readers: marketed as part mystery, part fantasy, part treasure hunt-this should make for an all around intriguing read.
Page Turners is a book club for readers ages 10 to 12 years old. We choose books that are deemed age appropriate (by professional and peer reviews in School Library Journal, Hornbook, Amazon, Ingram Content Group, and more) for this age group from all genres. Some months, the kids get to vote on the title we’ll read next, other months, I’ll have a title prepared and ready to go. Kids are not required to attend a set number of meetings to participate: some books may not appeal to all readers and some titles may not be right for your family, and the library respects that! All of the books that we read are chosen from what the library has available in a book club kit. The kits allow each child to check out a copy of the title to read and return and discuss.
As a parent, if would like more information on any of our titles before deciding if it is appropriate to your own family’s values and standards, I highly recommend visiting commonsensemedia.org
. This site does not tell you a strict yes or no on appropriateness, because we all have different topics in our own families that may be off limits. This site has an age recommendation by readers, and also break down rating of the appearance of language, violence, sex, and even scariness. My favorite part of Common Sense Media is the reviews by children. Children are honest: a lot of these reviews will reveal if the child thought the book was not appropriate for them and why.
Please, if you have more questions about our book club (or any of our programs), contact me! You can call 931-528-3636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to discuss what we’re doing at the library with you. I’ve so enjoyed sharing these books with your families over the past year and my wish is that our book discussions are also prompting wonderful discussions in your homes.