On December 20, the Breakfast Book Club met to discuss Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli at the Slidell Branch. Stargirl tells the story of a new student at a hum-drum high school who stirs the pot and changes the school forever with her eccentricities. Leo, our protagonist, must decide if he cares more about his relationship with Stargirl or his social status at the school.
The teens and I enjoyed this book immensely. At our meeting, we talked about bullying, being true to yourself, and what it means to be selfless. Participants opened up about their own experiences at their schools and within their peer groups. We all agreed that we would have tried to be kind to Stargirl if she had shown up one day in all of her oddball glory. Easier said than done though, right? Participants also noted that Leo’s actions, fears, and concerns were very real and true-to-life. They empathized with both Leo and Stargirl.
The next teen book club will be on Monday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the Slidell Branch, 555 Robet Blvd. We will discuss The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson. The meeting will take place in the Teen Area and we will discuss the book in its entirety. This book was selected to accompany the traveling exhibit, "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" that is on display at the Slidell Library from December 1, 2017 through January 12, 2018.