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Scary Edition -- March 2014

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Middle School Rocks the Fantasy Fiction

As the Wednesday sun reaches its zenith, a group of bibliophiles convenes to discuss myths and magic. It is the Wednesday lunch meeting of the Seattle Academy Middle School Fantasy Book Club. The club chooses their own books, and their selections have included, among others, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy and Way of Kings, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Meetings usually start with touching bases on the book, but grow into heated discussions on other books the members have read. It’s a place where students, mostly 6th and 7th graders, have a community to receive and share recommendations and foster their passions. With the support of the SAAS library we have Kindles available so that the chosen book is accessible to every member.

After writing a letter to the author of Cinder, Marissa Meyer, the club was invited to the book launch party for her newest novel. The club was thrilled to attend. Nine members joined faculty chaperones Megan McCall, Jillian Nicks, and Elin Rummel to bus to Tacoma for the evening performance and party. We were able to meet Ms. Meyer and get our books signed. A highlight of the evening saw one of our students volunteer to assist the “Evil Queen” in a costume contest as her attendant. They won!

The club keeps things fresh by making up their own activities and programs. Most recently, they set up a Fairy Tale Book Review contest. Members decided to find long (up to novel-length) versions or retellings of fairy tales that they can review, with the prize for “Best Review” being the right to choose the next book for the club to read. The competition is fierce.

-- Elin Rummel, faculty coordinator

Fantasy Book Club logo below by 6th grader Calista Toy

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