Book Club

If you like reading then the Smithville Christian High School Book Club is for you.

The Smithville Christian High School Book Club offers students at all grade levels the opportunity to read some of the best, mostly Canadian, and mostly recent young adult fiction titles and to discuss these books with others at Smithville Christian and, via a blog, with other book club members from Christian high schools in Ontario.  Students will read at least 5 of the nominated books, and in late winter, will vote for their favourite title. The winning novel will earn the CHSBC award, and be announced at The Final Word, a joint year-end meeting of all of the book clubs that takes place in the spring. 
Goals of the Book Club:

1. to promote reading for enjoyment among high school students
2. to make students aware of quality Canadian young adult books
3. to expose teenagers to various written genres
4. to provide opportunities for students to discuss the nominated titles
5. to evaluate the worldview in the story

Book club information can be found in Edsby and in morning announcements.  The books on the most recent list are:

What Happened to Ivy-Kathy Stinson
What if your severely disabled sister were to suddenly die and people suspected that your father had played a role in her death? Could they be right? What if your best friend, a girl you’ve started to like as more than a friend, thinks your dad can do no wrong? Could she be right? What if she’s not? That’s life for fifteen-year-old David Burke after his sister, Ivy, drowns while swimming with their father . David is forced to deal with his own feelings of guilt and must wrestle with moral questions to decide for himself what is right, what is merciful, and what can be forgiven. Readers will be pondering the same questions as they empathize with David after what happened to Ivy.

Crush. Candy. Corpse.- Sylvia McNicoll
Paradise Manor is depressing—the smells are bad and the residents are old. Sunny would much rather be doing her volunteer hours at Salon Teo, but her teacher won’t let her. Who says volunteering at a hair salon doesn’t benefit the community?  But working with the Alzheimer’s patients has a surprising effect on Sunny. Along with Cole, the grandson of one of the residents, she begins to see that the residents don’t have much more choice about their lives than she does: what they eat, how they are treated by staff, even what they watch on television. So Sunny does what she can to make the residents happy—even if she has to sometimes break the rules to do it.

All Good Children-Catherine Austin
It’s the middle of the twenty-first century and the elite children of New Middletown are lined up to receive a treatment that turns them into obedient, well-mannered citizens. Maxwell Connors, a fifteen-year-old prankster, misfit and graffiti artist, observes the changes with growing concern, especially when his younger sister, Ally, is targeted. Max and his best friend, Dallas, escape the treatment, but must pretend to be “zombies” while they watch their freedoms and hopes decay. When Max’s family decides to take Dallas with them into the unknown world beyond New Middletown’s borders, Max’s creativity becomes an unexpected bonus rather than a liability.

The Darkest Corner of the World-Urve Tamberg
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Madli hopes that the Soviet occupation is temporary, but when the neighbours, along with thousands of others, are deported, she knows that lives are in danger. She longs for the safety of her grandfather’s farm.  Days later, the Nazis invade her country. Friends and family find themselves divided as they try to choose which dictator they’d rather live under -Hitler or Stalin.  Madli is horrified by either choice, but how long can she remain neutral?  Every day brings new dangers and unimaginable decisions. In order to survive, Madli knows she can’t fight the enemy, so she is determined to outwit them.

Coutning Back From Nine-Valerie Sherrard
There are rules for what I’ve done.  Specific punishments for crimes against friendship.”
Laren Olivier knows the rules, but her attraction to a friend’s ex-boyfriend is strong.  She tells herself that if she and Scott can keep their new romance a secret, no one will get hurt.  But Laren is not the only one with something to hide.  Thus begins a year-long journey through secrets, lies, exposures and betrayals.  Somehow, Laren must find a way to reconcile who she is with what she’s done.  And when tragedy strikes, she finds herself struggling with a discovery so shocking it rocks the very foundation of her world.

The White Bicycle-Beverly Brenna
The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane’s travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. Including flashbacks into Taylor’s earliest memories, along with immediate scenes in Lourmarin, a picturesque village in the Luberon Valley.

Guilty-Norah McClintock
Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if this is more than a terrible coincidence. At the police station, he meets Lila, daughter of the killer, and they strike up a wary friendship. Both of them are desperate to find the truth. What they discover hints at a much larger conspiracy.

Blood Red Road-Moira Young
In a wild and lawless future, where life is cheap and survival is hard, eighteen-year-old Saba lives with her father, her twin brother Lugh, her young sister Emmi and her pet crow Nero. Theirs is a hard and lonely life. The family resides in a secluded shed, their nearest neighbour living many miles away and the lake, their only source of water and main provider of food, gradually dying from the lack of rain. But Saba’s father refuses to leave the place where he buried his beloved wife, Allis, nine years ago. Allis died giving birth to Emmi, and Saba has never forgiven her sister for their mother’s death.

But while she despises Emmi, Saba adores her twin brother Lugh. Golden-haired and blue-eyed, loving and good, he seems the complete opposite to dark-haired Saba, who is full of anger and driven by a ruthless survival instinct. To Saba, Lugh is her light and she is his shadow, he is the day, she is the nighttime, he is beautiful, she is ugly, he is good, she is bad.

Drummer Girl-Karen Bass
The Fourth Down needs a drummer, and Sidney’s easily the best in the school. But the all-male band has conditions for her to be allowed in—such as dressing like a girl. Accustomed to invisibility, Sid soon discovers the consequences to her makeover. It’s not only that playing kit in a skirt is impractical. But as someone once taunted about her sexuality for being a drum-playing girl who likes shop class, now Sid is forced to deal with guys who think her new look makes her fair game. Sidney begins to realize the price of compromising who you really are.

Cibou-Susan Young Biagi
Sensitive and enlightening, Cibou is set in 17th-century Mi’kma’ki, territory of the Mi’kmaq of Maritime Canada. The story is that of a young Mi’kmaq woman and her relationship with Jesuit missionary Anthony Daniel - a historical figure who was first stationed in Cape Breton in 1632 - and his brother, Captain Charles Daniel who had established a French trading post in 1629. The priest Daniel was later posted to Huronia where, 14 years later, he met a violent end and martyrdom as Saint Anthony Daniel.

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