This month's YA book club choice is The Alchemyst by Michael Scott.
No, not that Michael Scott ?
Anyway, we're very excited to dive into this series. It comes highly recommended from other YA book club members and we all love a little bit of magic, mythology, and adventure in our lives. Here's what it's about:
The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330.
The legend: Nicholas Flamel discovered the secret of eternal life.
The records show that he died in 1418.
But his tomb is empty.
Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries.
The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late.
While working at summer jobs in San Francisco, twins Sophie & Josh Newman find themselves caught up in a deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee.
Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
This book is recommended for readers who love of any of the Rick Riordan books (Percy Jackson series, Kane Chronicles, etc), Harry Potter, or Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow. It's a rollicking fantasy adventure with enough action to keep you interested and enough mythological references to keep the brain engaged. We recommend this book to readers age 12 and up.
We will meet at Foggy Pine Books on Sunday, May 27th at 6:30pm. Drinks & snacks will be provided. You can get your copy from the bookstore today for $10.99 but you'll always get a 15% discount on book club titles. You can also get the book in other formats from us online.
We like to include the Common Sense Media report for those of you that may not be familiar with the book and would like to know a little more about if before your kid comes to book club. You can view the report here but we've included the most important information for you below.
Recommended Age Range
What's In The Book?
See y'all next week!
We're excited to read the popular young adult author, Marie Lu, this month for her book The Young Elites--the first book in a trilogy. We'll meet on Sunday, March 25th at 6:30pm at the bookstore. We'll have snacks and drinks to share while we discuss Lu's writing.
Here's the summary:
Darth Vader, Voldemort, Maleficent. Witness the rise of a new villain.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina's black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family's good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever's survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars--they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it's Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they've never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn't belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
Parents, the Common Sense Media site gives it four stars and the age recommendation is 12-15+. Read more here.
Until our meeting, the book will be available at the bookstore in paperback for 15% off the list price of $10.99. You can also purchase it from us online in various formats and have it shipped to your home for free or available to download immediately. See below for links and prices.
Audiobook: $30.00 (or just $0.99 with your first month of membership on Libro.fm!)
Audio CD: $50.00
Easily our fastest growing book club, the Young Adult Book Club is open to young adults age 16+ and adult fans of the YA genre. We have members of all ages. This month we're reading Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen--one of Mary's favorite books to come out in the last three years. In this novel, the beginning of a series, Nettie Lonesome is indeed lonesome. She lives as a slave with a couple who have had her since she was a child and who insist on being called Ma & Pa. However, in one night, everything changes and Nettie ends up at another ranch with a job, friends, a good horse, and an even better gun. But nothing good lasts forever and Nettie soon learns that everything she thought she knew about her past and world is not true. So, Nettie sets off to find out about her history and to solve a new spate of kidnappings with the help of her new Ranger friends and some shapeshifters she met along the way. This is a western-themed fantasy that's suitable for teens and adults.
Get your copy at Foggy Pine Books to get 15% off! If you'd like to listen to it instead, sign up for an account at Libro.fm and get a digital audiobook to listen to immediately. If you like to read on a device and prefer an ebook, you can get one from our online store and download to start reading today.
Regardless of how you absorb the material, we want you to come to our meeting and let us know what you thought about the book. It's a great way to pass a Sunday evening and to meet people with similar interests. We welcome all new members and will be discussing titles that we'd like to read together at the beginning of 2018. So, come armed with an opinion and books you'd like to read together! We'll provide excellent conversation and snacks for everyone.
As our newest book club, we've been excited about the level of interest surrounding the group! We've had many interesting discussions and have already read some wonderful books. We're always searching for new members though. Teens and young adults from age 16 and up are welcome at the Young Adult Book Club. We will serve drinks & snacks at each meeting and each member will have an opportunity to say something about the book we all read this month. We also want you to know that everyone is welcome--even if you didn't finish the book yet or didn't like it at all. We want to hear your opinion regardless and welcome an honest book discussion. The goal of our book clubs is to bring the community together around a love for literature, not to scold you for your busy schedule or reading preferences.
This month we're reading If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (click the title to buy the ebook!) a novel about what a person will give up for a forbidden love. Here is the publisher's summary:
Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love--Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed. So they carry on in secret until Nasrin’s parents suddenly announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution: homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. Sahar will never be able to love Nasrin in the body she wants to be loved in without risking their lives, but is saving their love worth sacrificing her true self?
This book came highly recommended as:
Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Children’s/Young Adult
One of Rolling Stone’s 40 Best YA Novels
A 2014 ALA Rainbow List Top 10 Title
A Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth 2013
A Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” 2013
We believe these topics to continue to be of importance and believe in fostering communication with marginalized communities and about difficult topics. Ultimately though, this is a love story and, like many love stories, tragedy intercepts and our lovers must choose the right path.
We hope you'll join us for a lively discussion. You can RSVP here on our Facebook page so we have a general idea of attendance but it's not required. Don't forget that purchasing your book at Foggy Pine will get you a 15% discount!
Hello everyone! Welcome to the new digital home of the Young Adult Book Club!
This book club was voted into existence by the community and we really look forward to reading young adult literature with those who are the most excited about it. While the book club will feature literature from the young adult genre, we welcome people into the book club from age 13 and up. Please be aware that there will sometimes be discussions about difficult themes. You are welcome to join the club with your teen. To help you judge appropriateness for your child, we will post summaries of each book and ratings from Common Sense Media.
This book club meets the final Sunday every month at the bookstore at 6:30pm. We will provide drinks and snacks to our guests. If you plan on attending, please RSVP on our Facebook event page so we know how many people to expect.
This month we will be meeting on Sunday, June 25th at Foggy Pine Books at 6:30pm. The book choice for June is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Book Summary: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he'll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:
Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)
Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)
Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)
Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done - and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable - if they don't kill each other first.
Common Sense Media Grade: 5 Stars for Age 14+
You can purchase the book in hardcover (it's not yet available in paperback) for $18.99 at Foggy Pine Books to get a 15% off discount.
You can purchase the ebook here for $9.07.
You can purchase the audiobook in CD format here for $12.99.
What are we reading next?
July: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
August: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
September: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
October: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
November: Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
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