Since traditional book clubs (where everyone reads the same book, then meets to discuss it) can be hard to organize with teens, I've decided to move toward book talks, or book brags. In April and May, I ate lunch with 7th and 8th graders at DMS, and we simply talked about what books we had read recently, and whether or not they were any good.
It was fantastic! Everyone had something to say, and I got a lot of ideas for my ever-growing book list. We had a lot of return students from the first month to the second, so I think they enjoyed it as well. Though school is ending soon, I am moving the book brags to the library for our Summer Reading Program. On Monday afternoons, kids can come and talk about the books they read the previous week, thereby giving other kids ideas of books they might like to read.
This afternoon I asked my book braggers to write mini reviews of a book they had enjoyed, and I'll be posting about one a day over the next couple weeks.