The Clark Jr. High library is packed on Thursday
mornings as nearly 30 students are there engaged in lively conversations while
they enjoy a breakfast of muffins and juice. But they aren’t talking about
drama with their friends or the latest Vine posted on Twitter.
These kids are there discussing the novel they
are reading as part of the school’s newly created book club.
“I got the idea for a book club and ran it by the
principals,” librarian Kim Campbell said. “They were very supportive, and we
hoped the idea would take off. The first week we had 12 show up, but since then
that number has more than doubled. I have been pleasantly surprised.”
According to Mrs. Campbell, the library is
already busy in the morning with kids on the computer or playing chess.
“When they see us meeting for book club,
sometimes they decide to join us,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s for the
muffins or the books, but they keep coming back.”
The students say it’s more than just free breakfast
that draws them to book club.
“I’ve always liked reading so I thought doing it
in a group would be cool,” Elizabeth Samples said. “I like being able to talk
about the book and get different perspectives on it.”
Luis Alejandro agrees.
“I was invited to book club by a friend, and I
fell in love with it,” Luis said. “I like how we can interact with other ‘book
The enthusiasm for book club is evident as the
kids eagerly toss around their observations after each week’s readings. When
some students get ahead, the other club members are quick to shout, “No
spoilers … I haven’t read that far yet.”
This month, the book is “Miss Peregrine’s Home
for Peculiar Children.”
“I think they picked it because it’s pretty
popular right now since a movie is coming out,” Mrs. Campbell said. “They all
want to see the movie when we finish the book, so we might watch it when it
comes out on DVD.”
The students say choosing this as the club’s
first book was a good idea.
“I like the graphics and the details that the
book has,” Luisa Bustos said. “And the story plot has a lot of craziness about
Olivia Lanning likes the theme of “Miss Peregrine’s
Home for Peculiar Children.”
“These kids are different but accepted by their
community,” she said.
According to Mrs. Campbell, this was the first
novel by author Ransom Riggs.
“He had collected a lot of weird and unusual pictures,”
she said. “Then he decided to write a story about each character he had
pictures of. He decided to piece these characters together, and he based his
story on that for his first book.”
Mrs. Campbell said Riggs has written several more
books, but she’s not sure the students will choose another one to read just
“The kids are already talking about the next book
they want to read, but they haven’t made a decision,” she said. “It really is
pretty cool watching them get excited about book club, and I’m looking forward
to seeing what they will pick next.”