Tuesday, March 8, 2016

When You Reach Me- Meeting #20

Our fifth meeting of the 2015-16 school year was on When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.  This book was a huge hit with the girls.  Without giving away the plot (which is full of mystery and intrigue), the girls were on the edge of their seats wanting to figure out who was writing Miranda the letters.  This book tackles issues of class and race, changing friendship dynamics, and time travel.  Its fantastic.

I think we had one side thumb on this one.
We used our general discussion questions to help guide the discussion, but these discussion questions specific to the book really helped get deep into the book.
Lit Lovers Discussion Questions for When You Reach Me

Then the girls watched a short video of the author, Rebecca Stead, explaining a bit about her writing process, the idea of the book, and how it was influenced by A Wrinkle in Time.
An Interview with Rebecca Stead

watching the author interview

Because so much of the story involves Miranda's mother and the $20,000 Pyramid, we played CATCHPHRASE together.  First moms and daughters played together.

When the moms were done, the girls continued to play together.  They had a blast.

We love our book club and these wonderful friends the girls are cultivating.  Next month for Black History month, we are reading Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts.

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