Somers' Page Turners

Do people say that you are opinionated? Do you never get to say all of what you want in class discussions because time runs out or you have to give someone else a turn? Do you love to read? Then this is the spot for you!!! Page Turners used to be just a summer book club, well... not anymore. Here at Somers we like to change things up a bit- ya' know...keep up with the times. So, we decided to take Page Turners online by creating a blog. It's our first online extracurricular activity! :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

This book really said a lot about endurance and loyalty. How do you explain Ned's loyalty to the United States despite all of the harsh treatment he endured? Also, several people mentioned that this might make a good movie- why? Who would you cast for the various roles?

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

What were your favorite parts in Chasing Vermeer? Do you have any interesting questions about the book that you would like to read peoples' thoughts about? Do you think you'll read the sequel- The Wright 3?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

In the novel, Stargirl basically reinvents herself for Leo. What did you think of her decision? Do you think it would be easy to reinvent yourself?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Suggestions for next month...

What do you want to read next? Have any books caught your eye? Please be sure to give the correct title and author in your response. I will read a few reviews and check out the book to make sure that it is discussable and appropriate for middle school audiences.

How this works...

  1. Take a look at this month's book choice. Decide if you want to read it or not.
  2. Get a copy of the book at your school, public library, or bookstore.
  3. Read the entire book.
  4. Come back to this website and read the questions/comments that have been posted.
  5. Post a thoughtful response. You can give opinions, ask questions, share ideas, etc... This is YOUR club, so the discussion will only be as good as you make it.
  6. Keep checking back throughout the month to read new comments and participate in the discussion.
  7. Go back to step one for the next book discussion.

Guidelines and Expectations- Read this before doing anything else!

  1. Respect is key! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
  2. Read comments carefully.
  3. Friendly disagreement is okay and welcome.
  4. No put-downs. Save the drama for your mama!
  5. Remember there are no right or wrong answers.
  6. You MUST ACTUALLY READ THE BOOK in order to participate.
  7. Expect spoilers- actually, there won't be any spoilers if everyone reads the book. :)

(The guidelines were adapted from a book called Teen Book Discussion Groups @ the Library by Constance B. Dickerson.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This is one of the best books I've ever read. I wish I owned a hover board. Some of the things about this future world sounded so cool, but a lot of it is really scary when you think about it. Do you think that a society like that is what our future holds?