I’ve been hearing recently about some of the title choices of teen book discussion groups and I’ve said to myself, “Really? “That’s what they are reading?” For example, I found out that a middle school book group recently read 2006 Alex Award title Never Let Me G0 by Kazuo Ishiguro and next on the group’s list was Emma Donoghue’s Room. I was slightly flabbergasted, well maybe totally flabbergasted, to learn that these were the two most recent books for the group.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with teens – middle school or high school – reading either or both of these books. But, I do wonder, why would they be the books that are selected for a middle school book group? And, I wonder, are they books that teens of the middle school age can really talk about in a facilitated discussion? What would they talk about? Of course, the plot could easily be discussed, but there is so much more to each of the books, why discuss them in middle school? Why not wait until high school where the value of the book will be so much more recognized. (At least for some teens.) Continue reading Really? That’s What They Are Reading?