Join us on Saturday, May 18th from 2 – 4 pm for our next Teen Book Club!
We’ll be discussing a Printz Honor and teen selected title, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler.
This might be the last book club that I (Kristy) will be leading 😦 So, please take this opportunity to say goodbye!
From Horn Book:
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
“You can tell that Ani is angry, but at the same time she’s also funny and strong and sassy.” Though she’s talking about punk folksinger Ani DiFranco, fifteen-year-old Virginia could easily be describing herself. Unfortunately, Virginia buries her anger (toward her picture-perfect but dysfunctional family) and is unable to see herself as anything but a fat girl who’s kind of smart. When her brother Byron, whom she worships, is found guilty of a horrific crime, Virginia finally begins to acknowledge what her older sister Anais has tried to tell her: that Byron and their parents are far from perfect. Virginia’s transition from an insecure girl desperate for her family’s approval to a confident young woman might be a little messagey, but it’s believable, and she doesn’t do it on her own. Support comes from her best friend, from a teacher with eating-disorder experience, from a doctor who stresses health not weight and recommends channeling anger through kick-boxing, and even from the college student her brother assaulted. Readers will cheer Virginia on when she tells her father not to comment on her weight loss (“my body [is] just not yours to discuss”); tells her brother off; ignores clothing advice from her appearance-obsessed mother; and realizes that the guy she’s been making out with behind closed doors actually wants to kiss her in public. Mackler does a fine job introducing girls to a very cool chick with a little meat on her bones.