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An update from our first Stone Soup Book Club Meeting!

The Stone Soup Book Club is open to all Stone Soup contributors and subscribers during the COVID-19-related school closures and shelter-in-place arrangements. We meet every Wednesday for one hour via Zoom to discuss our chosen book.

Wednesday, April 15th was our first meeting. The aim of this meeting was to introduce ourselves to one another, share our book ideas, and to choose our first book! This was no easy task with all the interesting and varied suggestions offered by participants. After much discussion, we narrowed it down to two favorites and decided that these would be the first and second books we would discuss. All of the suggestions were such great choices that we’ve listed them below, to serve as a reading list should anyone be looking for their next book, as recommended by a fellow Stone Soup fan!

The Books: Our chosen books to read in Book Club are:

1st Book - The End of the Wild, by Nicole Helget

2nd Book - The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or the Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog, by Adam Gidwitz

How the Book Club will work: We agreed that we would read 3-5 chapters of our first book before the next meeting. So, at next week's book club, we will discuss the section of the book that we have all read. We'll then agree how much more we will read during the following week.

The Participants:  Enni (13), Rachel (9), Jewels (12), Reha (11), Abhi (12), Anya (13), Lucy (12), Georgia (11), Lena (11), Mehr (12), Simar (6, and Mehr’s sister!), Vivian (11, who could not attend this week but offered some great book choices). Note that the Book Club got started with the fantastic group on this week's call, but it is still open to new members if anyone couldn't make it this time, but wants to join and read with us.

Next meeting: Wednesday April 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST, via Zoom. To receive full meeting details and reminders, please sign up for the COVID-19 mailing list here. Join us!

The Book List:  other great suggestions included

Longbow Girl, by Linda Davies
Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper
Bubble, by Stewart Foster
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Storm Breaker, by Anthony Horowitz
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
If This Were a Story, by Beth Turley
Someone named Eva, by Joan M. Wolf



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