Thursday, March 25, 2010

April Book and Meeting

We have the new books in. Ashes of Roses is a historical novel, based on the true story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. This was a horrific event which caused the deaths of many of the girls who worked there, and paved the way for the modern labor movement to improve working conditions. We have several books in the library which deal with the fire, in both fiction and non-fiction. So if Ashes of Roses makes you curious, you know where you can come to find out more. :) Rose is an Irish immigrant teenager who is brave enough to stay in America after her family returns to Ireland. I think you're going to like her. :)

Our next meeting is Monday, April 26, right after vacation. Come see me in the library between 10:30-5 for your copy of AOR.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is up next on February 22. I have already read it, and "Wow" is all I can say. Searing, emotional stuff.
Our January meeting was well-attended as we discussed A Room on Lorelei Street. We sympathized with the heroine Zoe as she had to deal with her family members and their failings. We welcomed a few new chicks. Remember, we've always got room in the nest.
If you owe me books, PLEASE bring them back. If you are finished with your copy of Wintergirls, return it ASAP as people are waiting to read. See you in the library.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hey, Chicks. We enjoyed the Cornucopia of Doom's thoughtful questions about Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now. As usual, the conversation was far-ranging, from lockjaw to goats confused with dogs to love. It was generally agreed that HILN was a hit, even if the writing style took some getting used to (no quotation marks, which must make my old English teacher spin in her grave). The cousin thing was also a little tricky/icky, depending.
We meet next on December 14 to discuss Natasha Friend's Perfect. If you have not returned HILN, please do so ASAP. Also, if you finish Perfect early, please get it back to me in the library. We're short copies this month, and I need a copy to read too. Read fast. :) Our December meetings are usually holidayish, so there probably will be a gift or two involved. Have a great Thanksgiving. See you soon!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Coming Up Next

The Chicks will be reading Meg Rosoff's Printz Award-winning How I Live Now for the
November 23 meeting. Mark your calendars! Also, we'll be meeting on December 14 to discuss the next book and have our annual holiday party.
Twenty-two people signed out The Minister's Daughter. I thought this was probably the most challenging book we've read in the four years of Chick Lit. Featuring fairies, piskies, accusations of witchcraft, sexual awakening, political upheaval and religious turmoil, it was not exactly easy reading. But for those who finished it, it provided a lot of issues to think and talk about. Thanks to Kristi's mom for the fabulous pumpkin cookies, and Lani and Hattie for the other delicious treats. The student assistants came up with artistic, thoughtful questions. You girls make every meeting interesting.
We welcomed two new members, senior Brittany Brady and freshman Ruth Leopold. The more the merrier! If you'd like us to invite anyone else to join us, please let Mrs. Deraps or Mrs. Robinson know.
If you've still got The Minister's Daughter, please return it ASAP to the library. If you have any comments about the book or the group, you can post them here. See you soon!

Monday, September 21, 2009


We had a nice turn-out. Picked three top books and we'll see what we get. Come see me in the library to pick up it up. Our next meeting is October 26 at 2:15. We encourage you to bring a friend...especially a freshman!

Edited to add---The Minister's Daughter, our number one pick was available! This looks like a really interesting book, a historical set in Civil War England, where magic and mayhem erupt in a small English village.

Monday, August 31, 2009

First Meeting!

Hey, everybody! Hope you had a fabulous summer. Our first meeting for the 2009-2010 school year will be Monday, September 21 at 2:15 in the library. Bring a friend! We'll be picking our first book choices. Snacks and fun. See you then.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Last meeting :(

I want to thank all of you who've spent the year with us talking, eating, laughing and thinking. You Chicklitters are such a special group of girls, and we feel so lucky to share the library with you! Our last meeting for the 2008-2009 school year will be TUESDAY, May 26. We'll be discussing Criss Cross. Good luck with all the end-of-year activities. We hope you'll join us next fall when we start up again!~Mrs. Deraps and Mrs. Robinson.