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Project #4: The Mother-Tween Book Club

Now that my daughter is a tween, I figure we can finally read some of the same books.   I told her that it would be our private book club, and that when we had both finished the book we would go out on a dinner date to discuss.  I am so excited!!  Finding a book that we could both enjoy was NOT EASY!  Our point of departure was our home library.  I make it a point to stack our shelves with a smattering of kids and young adult books.

You can see that the four bottom shelves have some books for younger readers, while the top four contain some of my personal faves!  No luck here.  I don’t care much for adventure novels, and let’s just say most of my books are inappropriate for an eleven year old.


Wandered over to another part of the home library stacked with American classics.  AND THE WINNER IS:

The last time I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” I was in grade eight.  It was a joy to read again!  My daughter (11) said she loved it, and I can’t wait to have dinner with her and discuss.  We are also going to see Theatre Calgary’s production next week, (check my Calgary Event Calendar) so the timing couldn’t have been better.  I know some schools across the US and Canada banned the book, because of the “N” word.  I think this is unfortunate, especially considering that the message of the book about racial harmony is so powerful.  Here is one of my favourite quotes:

“The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.  As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it — whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash. ” ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter 23, spoken by the character Atticus

I will let you know how the dinner date goes.  To Kill a Mockingbird was a great first choice.  What should we choose next? Please share your recommendations by clicking on “Comments” at the top.




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