September Dive | Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins + Optional Challenge Dive

Today marks the first anniversary of Deep Blue Readers! Thanks to you all — our divers and their parents / guardians — for your continuing support.  Join us today at Valley Bookseller at our usual time (1:30 – 2:30 pm) to discuss The Apothecary and celebrate our book club’s birthday!  Cake will be served.

With school resuming soon, remember that our regular schedule remains the 4th Sunday of each month, which puts our September Dive on 9/22 at 1:30pm.  Two dive excursions are available for September:

Gregor the OverlanderOur core dive excursion is Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles Vol 1).  If you’ve read book one already, feel free to read any additional book(s) in the series. This is The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins’s first book and an intermediate reader introduction to her writing.

The challenge dive is Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and is intended with parental permission only or as a shared parent/youth reading experience.  (contains some offensive language and mild violence). This one teeters on the line of Middle Grade/YA fiction so we leave it to your discretion if it is okay. Many reviews say it is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Even if you prefer that your child NOT read the book, many of its themes are appropriate for a book club discussion and we will make it broad enough so everyone can join in.

Commonsense Media on Ender’s Game:

Considered by some to be the best sci-fi novel ever written, and winner of slews of awards, ENDER’S GAME hits the trifecta: deeply emotional and character-driven, brilliantly intellectual, and exciting as all get out. This is the kind of book the phrase “page-turner” was invented to describe: Most people finish it in one sitting, unable to put it down.

But the images and ideas linger long after the last thrilling page is turned, making it a perfect discussion book, even for reluctant readers. Its view of politics in the Internet age is prescient, especially considering it was written decades ago, and as a treatise on ruthless education it’s without peer. Though it wasn’t written for children, it has been embraced by middle- and high-schoolers.

Its author is the object and, in some cases, source of controversy. Our plans for discussion concern the book itself.