2017-2018 Book Discussions
Rebel of the Sands – November 6th
“Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.” – alwynhamilton.com.
Rebel of the Sands is a fast-paced adventure and the first in the trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton. Check it out!
When: Monday, November 6th
Where: The SW Regional Library Teen room from 10:39-12:08.
What: Pizza, sodas, cookies, great discussion!
Who: Contact Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Pardo in the Library Media Center office or S225 (Thursday/Friday mornings) to sign up.
2016-2017 Book Discussions
See Ms. Oltmans in S225 for more information!
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion February 22nd
Caged Warrior by Alan Sitomer
Do you love MMA – Mixed Martial Arts? If you’re a fan then you’ve got to read Caged Warrior. It’s a gritty, tough look at the world of underground Mixed Martial Arts. McCutcheon is a 16 year old MMA fighter who has spent his life in the violent world of cage fighting. Known as “Bam Bam,” he can’t imagine a way out of his life of pain and poverty. Thank you to Ms. Saye and all the students who attended the book discussion! We had several students who had done Mixed Martial Arts so it was great to hear their point of view. Students enjoyed the action and the MMA cage fighting! If you would like to check out Noggin, pick up a copy from Ms. Oltmans in the Media Center or S225.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion January 11th
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Have you ever considered how hurtful your words can be? In The Truth About Alice rumors are spiraling out of control and it seems like everyone is telling lies about Alice. What’s the real truth? Only Alice can tell us and she’s not talking to anyone anymore. One by one Alice’s so-called “friends” turn on her until the whole school is talking about it and her reputation is ruined. The Truth About Alice is a powerful novel that shows the consequences of bullying and the cruelty of rumors and lies. Thank you to Ms. Thomas and Ms. Saye and all the students who joined us for this Anti-Bullying Week book discussion to discuss why bullying exists and how we can make a change. Students shared their experiences with bullying and talked about how the characters in the book could have handled things differently. If you would like to check out Noggin, pick up a copy from Ms. Oltmans in the Media Center or S225.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion December 7th
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
In the not too distant future medical science has found a way to successfully freeze body parts, like the head. Travis was dying from leukemia when doctors gave him the option of freezing his head until some point in the future when science finds a way to reattach it. Travis says goodbye to his parents, his girlfriend and his best friend, hoping that one day he’d return. And now Travis wakes up to his new life. At the book discussion on December 7th students debated the idea of coming back to life and head transplants, as well as what to expect from the people in your future life. Thank you so much to everyone who attended! If you would like to check out Noggin, pick up a copy from Ms. Oltmans in the Media Center or S225.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion November 12th
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Who will win OASIS, the world’s only global networked virtual universe? If you like video games, you’ll love Ready Player One! It’s 2044 and Wade Watts spends most of his life known as Parzival in OASIS, a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and virtual society. Years before, when the creator of OASIS died, a contest was launched for the ownership and control of OASIS. Wade has spent his life decoding the puzzles within OASIS and now he has found a clue. Thank you to all the students who attended the book discussion and luncheon on November 12th in the Library Conference room! If you would like to check out Ready Player One, pick up a copy from Ms. Oltmans in the Media Center or S225.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion:
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
What power would you choose if you suddenly woke up as a superhero? PPCHS students at the Steelheart luncheon answered with: flight, invisibility, mind reading and more! On March 17th students met for pizza and a spirited discussion about Steelheart, a science fiction novel in which the world is run by Epics. Epics were mortal humans until they awoke one day with superhuman powers; most of them do not use their powers for good. David has been planning and studying everything about Epics so that one day he might have a chance to kill Steelheart. Steelheart is the Epic that killed David’s father. Thank you to all the students who read the book and attended the discussion and luncheon. If you would like to check out Steelheart, stop by the Library Media Center office.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell!
As students entered the Library Conference room they were treated to 1980s new wave and punk music along with comics that were mentioned in the book, Eleanor & Park. The book discussion was held on February 17th. This date was selected for a number of reasons. One, it’s very close to Valentine’s Day and this is a very romantic novel ♥. And two, this week is PPCHS AntiBullying Week and the main character has to deal with bullying and abuse in school and at home. Eleanor & Park met on the school bus and slowly discover that they share a love of music, comic books and kissing. They are misfits dealing with life in two totally different ways while finding love together. The story is told from both their points of view. Thank you to everyone who attended the book discussion! A special thank you to our principal, Mr. Bayer, for joining the discussion! Everyone enjoyed the pizza, soda, cookies and Valentine’s candy! More photos below.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion:
In the Shadows of Blackbirds
December 2nd, 2014
The book discussion for In the Shadow of Blackbirds was held on December 5th and students were greeted with the smell of onions in the library conference room. In 1918 everyone ate onions, and carried them everywhere with them to ward off the flu. Thank you to everyone for attending! Students said their favorite part of the book was learning about the 1918 Spanish Influenza and how people turned to Spiritualism as a way to reconnect with those who had died. Everyone seemed to agree that if we had to deal with a pandemic now, there would be less panic and we would be better equipped to handle it. In the Shadow of Blackbirds is a chilling novel that takes you back and drops you into one of the scariest times in history (and includes the creepy photos to prove it)! Check out the book and see what you think! If you would like to check out the book see Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the Library Media Center office or in S225. (No library card needed!)
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion:
The 5th Wave
November 5th, 2014
Thank you to everyone who attended the luncheon and book discussion for The 5th Wave by author Rick Yancey! A special thank you to Dr. Glenn and Ms. Larmony for participating! When the novel begins, the first four waves of alien attacks have already come and gone leaving death and destruction in their wake. Next, the aliens unleash the 5th wave and there’s no way to distinguish human from alien. Students debated about how human kind would actually react to an alien invasion and whether the world would join forces or not. The choice for favorite character? A tie between Evan and Ben Parish. If you would like to check out the book see Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the Library Media Center office or in S225.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion: The Fault in Our Stars
April 5th, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars by author John Green was the winner of the Florida Teens Read award for 2013-2014! The book discussion on April 5th was one of the most popular this year with students clamoring to sign up for the luncheon. A heartbreaking but inspiring novel about two teenagers who meet at a cancer support group, The Fault in Our Stars follows their budding romance as they try to live normal lives with cancer. Students shared their opinions about Hazel and Augustus in a lively discussion about life, love and sadness. If you would like to check out the book see Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the Library Media Center office or in S225.
Anti-Bullying Week Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion: I Swear
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
What are the consequences of unrelenting bullying? I Swear by Lane Davis is a story about bullying that comes in many forms from facebook lies to verbal insults. The abuse becomes so bad that one teen makes the choice to end her life. The luncheon was held during Anti-Bullying Week with our theme “No Place For Hate.” Students discussed who is to blame for bullying and what can be done if you see it happening. If you would like to check out the book see Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the Library Media Center office or in S225.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion: Pregnancy Project
December 9th, 2013
The Pregnancy Project book discussion was held in the Teen room on December 9th. The discussion brought out many opposing viewpoints about this nonfiction book by a high school student, Gaby Rodriguez, who faked her own pregnancy as a senior year project. All of Gaby’s sisters and brothers were teen parents and her project was meant to bring awareness to teen pregnancy. If you would like to read the book, come check out a copy from Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the Library Media Center office in S225.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion: Every Day
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
What an amazing start to this year’s Lunch @ the Library book discussions! Our first book, Every Day by David Levithan, was the perfect novel to kick off the school year! So much to discuss, so little time! Everyone at the luncheon for Every Day had something to say and it was a spirited, lively discussion. Every Day is an unusual story about a person named “A” who wakes up in a different body every day. A has never given much thought to being a boy or a girl until they meet Rhiannon. Things get complicated as A tries to figure out ways to see her in a number of different bodies. It’s not easy being in love when you have never experienced a tomorrow in the same body. A special thank you to Ms. Thomas and Mr. Troha for participating and adding their insights and viewpoints. Check out the photos below! If you’d like to join the next book discussion see Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the Library Media Center office for a copy of Pregnancy Project.
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion Tuesday, May 14th
Our last Lunch @ the Library book discussion was for Beautiful Creatures, a novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl that was recently made into a movie. When Ethan first meets Lena he knows she is the girl who has been haunting his dreams for the past several weeks. Filled with magic and mystery, Beautiful Creatures is a modern fantasy with an unlikely romance. We met in the library conference room surrounded by the lingering smell of lemon and rosemary while we enjoyed pizza, sodas, cookies and a lively discussion! Photos below!
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion for Little Princes
February 25th, 2013
Stupid Fast Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Lunch @ the Library book discussion for Stupid Fast! Students were treated to pizza in a football-themed luncheon that also included a piece of symbolic cheese, the cause a meltdown by the main character, Felton. Felton Reinstein had some major changes in his life – he grows hair everywhere, gets taller and becomes stupid fast. So at school his life seems to be coming together but at home everything is falling apart. Students related to the issues in Stupid Fast, from dealing with friends to coping with the loss of a parent. A special thank you to Ms. Thomas and Mr. Fagen for attending the luncheon! If you’d like to check out Stupid Fast it is available on the SSR Book Cart as well as in our new Follett eBook collection. Check out the photos!
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion for Divergent!
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
Divergent was the first Lunch @ the Library book discussion this year and was held on Tuesday, October 30th. Thank you to everyone who participated, especially Dr. Glenn! There were name tags and each student had to mark down the faction they would join. If the cover makes you think of Hunger Games, wait until you start turning the pages! The consensus was that Divergent was better than Hunger Games, the themes more thought-provoking and the characters more real and emotional. In this dystopian society people are divided up into five factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, Candor and Amity. When the main character, Tris, turns sixteen she must choose one faction and that’s when the thrills begin! Check out the photos below.
LUNCHEON PHOTOS FOR 24 GIRLS AND SPLIT!
May 2nd, 2012 Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion for
Our “Lunch @ the Library” book discussion for 24 Girls in 7 Daysby Alex Bradley was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended, especially Ms. Thomas and Mr. Greenbaum for their insightful questions and comments. A special thank you goes to Mr. Daugherty who read the book but wasn’t able to attend. He donated our trivia prizes, two t-shirts from the high school that Jack attended in the book. There were differing opinions about Jack’s escapades but everyone agreed that it was fun to read. And in honor of the main character’s search for the best soft serve ice cream in town we all enjoyed ice cream for dessert! Jack Grammar is a senior who has never really dated, but always wanted to go to prom. His “friends” decide to post an online ad in their school newspaper to help him find a prom date. The search begins as Jack tries to date 24 girls in the 7 days before prom! If you would like to attend a book discussion luncheon next year please contact Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the PPCHS Media Center office on the 2nd floor of the library. The books are available from the “Books on Wheels” book cart during SSR. Photos below!
Split Book Discussion and Luncheon
Thank you to Ms. Thomas and all the students who attended the book discussion for Split, a story about the strengths and weaknesses of two brothers who grew up dealing with a physically abusive father. Christian moved out five years earlier and now Jace at 17 is out on his own trying to build a new life. The discussion dealt with the consequences of abuse, anger management, building relationships and we went over Jace’s Rules of Calmology:
Calmology Lesson #1: Run every day
Calmology Lesson #2: Speak if you have something to say.
Calmology Lesson #3: Fix what you can and accept what you can’t.
Check out the luncheon photos below!
Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion for Ship Breaker
Thank you to everyone who attended December’s “Lunch @ the Library” book discussion for Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, especially Ms. Rago and Dr. Glenn from the Science Department! The Book Discussion began with a video about actual ship breaking going on now in different parts of the world where working conditions are very similar to the conditions that characters in the book were dealing with. Students got into debates about environmentalism and what we can do to change our world in the future. Ship Breaker is a futuristic story filled with adventure and mystery that takes place right here on the Gulf Coast. The main character, Nailer, is a teenage boy with a dream to escape his gritty, dangerous job scavenging scrap metal from oil tanker wrecks. If you would like to check out the book come see Ms. Oltmans or Ms. Alberto in the PPCHS Media Center office on the 2nd floor of the library or look for the “Books on Wheels” book cart during SSR. Check out the photos below!
October Book Discussion for 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
The Lunch @ the Library Book Discussion for Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater was held in the SW Regional Teen Room on Tuesday, April 19th. Check out the photos below! Shiver is a fantasy filled with romance and mystery that crosses the divide between our human world and the world of the wolf. Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch of pizza, fruit and cookies while they sat in the Teen Room’s green lush “forest” complete with hanging vines. The only thing missing was the sound of howling wolves! Thank you to everyone who participated, the discussion was great! If you would like to read Shiver you can check it out from the SSR “Books on Wheels” cart or the SW Regional library. For more information check out the author’s website at www.maggiestiefvater.com:
“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human…until the cold makes him shift back again.”
Thank you to everyone who joined us for pizza, sodas, cookies and discussion in the library! A special thank you to Ms. Thomas and Ms. Buonomo for hosting the Lunch @ the Library book discussion with Ms. Oltmans. Check out more photos below! The discussion was nonstop and there was a heated debate about Devon, the main character in the novel, and what drove her to make her unfortunate choices. After is a chilling, emotional book that touches on a horrifying topic. You just can’t imagine that anyone is capable of doing what this girl is accused of. The book takes you into the mind of Devon, a straight A student and soccer player, who has allegedly committed a crime that has landed her in juvenile detention facing a possible life sentence. If you’d like to read After you can check it out from the SSR Books on Wheels book cart or in the Southwest Regional Library.
Lunch @ the Library “Ender’s Game”
Thank you to everyone who attended the Lunch @ the Library book discussion for Ender’s Game on December 8th! We all enjoyed delicious pizza from Pizza Hut! A special thank you to Mr. Espinoza and Ms. Allen for their participation, insightful comments and enthusiasm for the science fiction classic. Ender’s Game is a novel that has fast-paced action and deals with the topics of war, combat and strategy in battle and in life. You can check it out from the Books on Wheels SSR book cart or at the SW Regional Library. Hope to see you all at the next Lunch @ the Library book discussion!