SEA Teen and Tween Book Clubs

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Tween Book club, Middle School, SEA Online Classes
Teen Book club, High School, SEA Online Classes

SEA Teen and Tween Book Club Information

The SEA Tween and Teen Book Clubs have been revamped, and we are working to make these self-sustaining. To help with that, we are delighted to have two seasoned educators and bibliophiles join the team to run them: Dr. Sabrina Weiss and Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason.

Participation in the Facebook groups is still free. If you have a tween or teen and would like to take part in the SEA Teen/Tween Book Clubs, you can join our free Facebook groups as long as you are also a member of the main SEA Facebook group. Anyone participating in the SEA Teen/Tween Book Clubs will receive the full reading list for the academic year as well as posts within the group with links to relevant resources and discussion questions.

In addition, there is a new supplemental component that brings these up to the level your students would get in middle school and high school literature classes. These can be purchased for $10 for one month or $70 for 9 months. We also offer sibling discounts. Each of these has suggested writing assignments that are thought-provoking, helping students dig deeper and investigate concepts more fully.

For an additional cost, Sabrina and Michelle will provide students with meaningful feedback that focuses on their strengths and challenges. Feedback will be given for rough and final drafts of projects and papers included in the class materials.

The purchase of the online class component includes the following:

      • * A suggested reading schedule
      • * A PDF reading guide with comprehension questions
      • * Vocabulary activities
      • * Discussion board posts in our online classroom
      • * Writing/multimodal project prompts related to the reading
      • * An invitation to a live discussion
      • * A recording of the summary of the live discussion

To join our free Facebook groups for each Book Club, you must first be a member at the main  Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers group.

Click here to join the Tween Book Club: For Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers.

Click here to join the Teen Book Club: For Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers.

If you have an older tween or a younger teen, feel free to join both groups and participate in the readings that feel best suited to your learner’s interests and reading skills.

Fall 2020

The academic year runs from September-May for the Book Clubs. Get all 9 books for one discounted price or pick and choose the ones you like!

Tween Book club, Middle School, SEA Online Classes

Tween Book Club

Get All Nine 2020/2021 Tween Book Club Classes!

If you want to participate in the entire academic year of Tween Book Club classes, you can get all nine here at a discounted rate of $70.

“Amy’s Eyes is one of the most startling, compelling novels to be published as children’s literature in recent years. The story embraces practically every element of a classic fantasy adventure: a poor, gentle, noble child in an orphanage; a mean and spiteful woman to plague the child; a kind and loving protector; sailing ships and pirates and a search for a golden treasure.” – The Seattle Times

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

We are media, and media is us.  I have always loved stories as opportunities to learn, think, and explore ideas and problems within and beyond us.  So I use stories as starting points for learning, with a focus on fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction.  Many of these stories are based in actual histories, inspired by real cultures, and provoked by relevant problems and technologies. -Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Matilda, by Roald Dahl, is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a menacing, kid-hating headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

She was magical, beautiful beyond belief—and completely alone…

The unicorn had lived since before memory in a forest where death could touch nothing. Maidens who caught a glimpse of her glory were blessed by enchantment they would never forget. But outside her wondrous realm, dark whispers and rumors carried a message she could not ignore: “Unicorns are gone from the world.”

Aided by a bumbling magician and an indomitable spinster, she set out to learn the truth. but she feared even her immortal wisdom meant nothing in a world where a mad king’s curse and terror incarnate lived only to stalk the last unicorn to her doom…

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

Esperanza thought she’d always live a privileged life on her family’s ranch in Mexico. She’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

This is World War I as never seen before. The story begins the same: on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated, triggering a sequence of alliances that plunges the world into war. But that is where the similarity ends. This global conflict is between the Clankers, who put their faith in machines, and the Darwinists, whose technology is based on the development of new species.

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

“Meet Princess Cimorene–a princess who refuses to be proper. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish smart… And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon.”

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

Get All Nine 2020/2021 Tween Book Club Classes!

If you want to participate in the entire academic year of Tween Book Club classes, you can get all nine here at a discounted rate of $70.

 

Fall 2020

The academic year runs from September-May for the Book Clubs. Get all 9 books for one discounted price or pick and choose the ones you like!

Teen Book club, High School, SEA Online Classes

Teen Book Club

Get All Nine 2020/2021 Teen Book Club Classes!

If you want to participate in the entire academic year of Teen Book Club classes, you can get all nine here at a discounted rate of $70.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules. Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Together, they share diverse perspectives on and insights into what feminism means and what it looks like. Come on in, turn the pages, and be inspired to find your own path to feminism by the awesome individuals in Here We Are.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

I’ve chosen the books that I’m leading this year with a few different goals in mind. I wanted to make sure that I highlighted stories from different communities. All of my selections are designed to help readers reflect on their place in the larger world and how their sense of self relates to empathy for others. -Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in the Hampshire Downs in Southern England, an idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of “suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do” (Chicago Tribune) follows a band of rabbits in flight from the incursion of man and the destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they travel forth from their native Sandleford warren through harrowing trials to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society. “A marvelous story of rebellion, exile, and survival” (Sunday Telegraph) this is an unforgettable literary classic for all ages.

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

Fifteen years ago, a young author surprised and enchanted readers with his first novel—the story of Fritti Tailchaser, a courageous tom cat in a world of whiskery heroes and villains, of feline gods and strange, furless creatures called M’an.

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.

Instructor: Dr. Sabrina Weiss

Cost: $10

Straightforward and inspiring, this beautifully illustrated memoir brings readers into the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, complementing Common Core classroom learning and bringing history alive for readers.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

A President Obama “O” Book Club pick

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason

Cost: $10

Get All Nine 2020/2021 Teen Book Club Classes!

If you want to participate in the entire academic year of Teen Book Club classes, you can get all nine here at a discounted rate of $70.