The KAIS Book Club is aimed at getting our students enthusiastic about reading. This club meets once-a-week (Thursdays during lunch in the Science Lab or online), and provides an opportunity for students of different ages and reading abilities to participate in open discussions about the broad scope of books we read together. We believe that merely getting kids to read is not enough–we want all of our students to become engaged in the stories they read, visualize the characters and settings they come across, delve below the surface, and find deeper meanings embedded within the text; simply put–we want these kids to love reading!
Parents are also encouraged to participate in our club. Parents who choose to participate are simply asked to read at the same pace as our club (40-80 pages a week depending on the book) and will be invited to our wrap-up discussions we have upon finishing each book. Participating in this club with your child can help create a culture of literacy within your household, facilitate in-depth conversations about the text you are both reading, and give you and your child something to do together. The wrap-up discussions are also a great opportunity to spend time with your child’s teachers, peers, and other parents. Parents and students can choose which titles they are interested in reading from the list below.
Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
Moderating Teacher: Jones
Duration: October 22nd – December 10th
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever….
The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo – Winner of the 2018 National Book Award in America
Moderating Teacher: Laura
February 4th – March 18th
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. She has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (Book One of Two of the Carl Saga), by Hank Green
Moderating Teacher: Tommy
Duration: March 25th – May 27th
Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance in the craftsmanship – like a 10 foot tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor – April and her best friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy upload to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world – from Beijing to Buenos Aires – and April, as the first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.