Time: 2 PM -- 3:00 PM
The Tween Book Club will read Curiosity by Gary Blackwood. Intrigue, danger, chess, and a real-life hoax combine in this historical mystery that takes place in Philadelphia in 1835. Twelve-year-old Rufus Goodspeed is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player called the Turk. The 2014 novel received numerous starred reviews in library journals.
By July 26, book club members should read up to Chapter 16 of the novel and use the prompts/ideas below to start a dialogue about the book. (You don’t need to answer all the questions or every part of a question to participate.)
1. Rufus Goodspeed was looked upon as a "different" child. Discuss some of the ways that is true. Think of him physically, mentally and emotionally. Support your answers with details from the text.
2. Curiosity is a historical novel that takes place in Philadelphia in the 19th century. Describe some of the details that let you know that the story is taking place in another time.
3. Describe the character of Jacques. Do you like him or dislike him? Give details from the text to support your opinion. What do you think motivates Jacques to act the way he does?