Lynn and Cindy: Between the two of us, we have two after-school book clubs. One is for students in grades 6-12 that we started fourteen years ago when Cindy first went on the Best Books for Young Adults committee, and another is for fifth graders, which Lynn leads with one of our elementary librarians. All the kids read books they have chosen from the special collection we create from the hundreds of books sent to us by extremely generous publishers. We meet every two weeks and the kids report on the books they have read. It is a great way for us to gauge student interest and response to the books, while teaching them the basics of literary criticism at the same time. Additionally, seeing kids so eager to read is balm to our librarian souls. We wish the people who proclaim the death of reading could watch when we have to step in to mediate before disputes get nasty!
Jinx’s Fire, by Sage Blackwood (the whole Jinx series is a club favorite!)
Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell (our teens love The Lunar Chronicles series and this is a natural read-alike for them)
Shadow Scale, by Rachel Hartman (the most awaited sequel in our teen club)
Fairest, by Melissa Meyer (see note above for Mechanica)
Tell us what is hot with your young readers! We have an audience ready for more.