Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 PM
Grades 9-12. The high school book club will read Noggin by John Corey Whaley, a far-fetched fantasy based on the study of cryonics, the science of freezing and reviving life. Travis Coates, 16, wakes from a deep freeze as if he has taken a brief nap, but it is five years later. Everything has changed, including his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. This touching, humorous and wholly original coming-of-age story is an American Library Association's Top-Ten YA Fiction for 2015. The novel takes a serious look at the "high school student," who he/she is, the image they project, and its impact (if any) on their life.
By July 23, participants should read to page 151 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.)
1.Describe some of the physical and social adjustments that Travis has to make when he wakes up after his five year nap. What do you think would be most difficult to adjust to if you were Travis? Why?
2. Why do you think Kyle stays away from Travis for so long after he wakes up?
3. Describe the character of Hatton. Then, tell us your gut feeling--do you like him or not? Try to find reasons in the text for your opinion.
4. Describe Travis's relationship with his parents since he has woken up? What do you imagine are some of their thoughts and feelings as they readjust to having Travis back?
5. By page 151, the reader still has not actually met Cate. Up until that point, most of what we've learned about her comes from flashbacks, as remembered by Travis, or from other people's words. Imagine you are Cate. What are some of the many thoughts you might be having when you run out of Carrie's OK Bar?