Category Archives: Book Club

Romeo and Juliet

Our third and last book club of the Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide took place Thursday, June 1. We read Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels) illustrated by Matt Weigle. We invited Susan Sakamoto from the … Continue reading

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story

We held our second book club of the Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide for It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini on Thursday, May 4th. We invited Eric Wirkman from Teen Link to provide a Youth Suicide Prevention … Continue reading

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An Intense and Important Discussion

The first book in the Great Stories Club grant, Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide, was Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Because the book deals with the heavy yet relevant themes of teen suicide and sexual … Continue reading

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Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide

The University Branch of the Seattle Public Library in partnership with Interagency Academy’s UDYC site has been awarded a third grant from the Great Stories Club! The teen services librarians at the downtown Central Library library have also been awarded … Continue reading

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Feed: A Great Stories Club Discussion

“Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon – a … Continue reading

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Activism & The Hunger Games

On Thursday, April 21st, I met with the students of Interagency Academy Alternative High School (at UDYC) for our second official Great Stories Club meeting (in March we discussed X: A Novel, but it wasn’t an official GSC title). We read and discussed Hunger Games … Continue reading

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We read X: A Novel

In March, we read and discussed X: A Novel by by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon. Although this wasn’t a Great Stories Club selection, we decided to that it was fitting addition to the theme: “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution.” … Continue reading

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Free eBooks and Downloadable Audio Books are Back!

Do you love to listen to audiobooks? Do you like FREE books? SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ and readers of any age. The 2016 season is May 5th – August 17th 2016. SYNC will give away 30 titles – … Continue reading

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March: Book One – Comic Analysis

Local comic book artist Greg Stump, visited with our book club in January to discuss the graphic novel, March: Book One by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin along with illustrator  Nate Powell. For more information on that book club meeting, … Continue reading

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Book Discussion and Comic Presentation for March: Book One

On Thursday, January 21st, I met with Kevin Geloff’s English class at the Interagency Academy Alternative High School (at UDYC) for our first Great Stories Club meeting. It was a combination book discussion and comic drawing workshop with local comic book artist Greg … Continue reading

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