Updated: Apr 2, 2020
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Have you been just a little bored at home? Or have you been worried that your child isn’t using their time in quarantine as best as they could? Is your child in need of some social interaction and community?
College Torch is launching the live, virtual Stuck At Home Book Club -- offered at no cost during school closures -- introducing a different book for each of the following grades 6-8 and 9-12.
Every Sunday, we meet over Google Hangouts Meet for a guided discussion of the chapters that we have read independently in the past week. Led by Rose Wong, our writing specialist and counseling liaison, SAH Book Club will not only allow students to positively spend their newfound free time at home, but also develop a different relationship with reading and literature—one that is fun, personal, and bonds people together.
Our first meeting will be Sunday, April 5th, 2020. After you sign up, we will contact you with the reading assignment and meeting link. Instructions for obtaining an e-book through an open library can be found on the sign-up page.
Following are the books for April:
Grades 6-8: Revolution is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
Set towards the end of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, this book centers around a nine-year-old Ling, daughter of two accomplished surgeons, who sees fear and mistrust disintegrate the world as she knows it. This book details the history that current parents of Chinese students lived through, so through Compestine’s words, we could learn more about the life and times that shaped our families. Historical fictions such as this show students the value of stories of previous generations, encouraging them to consider the complex events and cultures that led to the life that we inhabit today.
Grades 9-12: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
The sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, this book can very well serve as a standalone read. Harper Lee takes us back to the “tired old town” in Alabama in the 1950s. A young woman visits her aging father, who, years ago, almost saved an innocent black man from death row, against the pressure and bullying of the rest of the community. She learns bitter truths about her childhood home, transitioning from a doting child to a woman who recognizes the multidimensionality of life.
Click the link to sign up now, after which you will receive an email with the video call link and additional information. Feel free to send us an email with any questions. We look forward to reading with you!
Rose Wong is the Counseling Liaison and Writing Specialist at College Torch. She tutors English and history. Contact her at email@example.com