Time: 7:30 pm -- 8:30 pm
The Library's book club for high school students is reading September Girls by Bennett Madison, a coming-of-age novel about first loves, oblivious parents, sibling rivalries—and mermaid-like girls. Named a finalist for this year’s prestigious Andre Norton Award by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, this thought-provoking tale is great literature. Narrated by Sam, a 17-year old male, here’s a story every teen should read on the road to adulthood.
By July 17, participants should read to page 170 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 Sam's relationship with his mother? his father? his brother Jeff? How believable is his family situation? Give details or quotations from the text to support your answers.
2. As soon as one begins reading the text in italics, we realize that many of the girls in the novel are "unusual," to say the least. But how does Sam begin to get suspicious about the girls at the beach where he is staying? Can you cite some of the clues from the text.
3. September Girls is one of a very few novels this past year that received starred reviews from most (if not all) of the professional library journals, and it was thought to be a contender for the Printz Award. At the same time, the novel met controversy among some schools and organizations because of its use of bad language and some sexual content. Do you think that its use of profanity and its sexual content enhanced (made it more real) or detracted from the story? Or do you think it could have worked either way; it wouldn't have made a difference in the appeal of the book. Explain your answer.