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The 2018-2019 SEA Homeschoolers Teen Book Club list has been finalized. There is a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. Several of the books are required reading for teens in other countries. There are also books with teen protagonists dealing with serious situations that I hope lead to thoughtful and thought-provoking discussions.
If you are reading this after the start date, don’t worry. You can join any time. The monthly online discussions through Google Meet have been interesting and insightful!
Send an email to [email protected] with subject “Teen Book Club Signup” to join.
We start the year with a rendition of The Merchant of Venice from the Hogarth Shakespeare Series. Then we will read the Shakespeare version of The Merchant of Venice and watch a screen adaptation of the play.
November, 2018 Teen Book Club Selection
December, 2018 Teen Book Club Selection
We will read this short story, free to read through this link, by Baldomero Lillo (1867-1923). Lillo is required reading for Chilean high school students.
Considered the father of Chilean social realism, Baldomero Lillo captured in his narrative the dramatic life of the miners, the peasantry and maritime workers. His Subterra and Subsole works marked the national imagination with fire. University of Bío Bío: Baldomero Lillo
January, 2019 Teen Book Club Selection
In this memoir, the founder of Muslimgirl.com shares what it was like to be a Muslim teen in America in the wake of 9/11.
February, 2019 Teen Book Club Selection
March, 2019 Teen Book Club Selection
April, 2019 Teen Book Club Selection
This book is required reading in Indonesia. What it’s about: Known in English as Rainbow Troops, this novel is based on a true story about ten students from a remote village in Indonesia who, with the help of a pair of inspiring teachers, learn to stand up for themselves and their community. Why it’s taught: It teaches “sacrifice, dedication, hard work, passion, brotherhood, friendship, optimism and perseverance in the face of challenges,” says Mahrukh Bashir.
May, 2019 Teen Book Club Selection
This is an origin story set in post-apocalyptic Africa. In Who Fears Death, the author weaves the topics of gender and racial inequality, along with female genital mutilation, and complacency in the face of destructive tradition.
June, 2019 Teen Book Club Selection
This book is required reading in Serbian high schools. What it’s about: Known in English as The Bridge on the Drina, this novel sweeps through 300 years in a small town near the Mehmed Pasha Sokolović bridge. Its story begins in the 16th-century Ottoman Empire, when the bridge was built, to World War I, when it was partially destroyed.
Why it’s taught: Andrić received a Nobel Prize, and so far he has been the only Nobel Prize winner from Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia. “It is truly a timeless book,” says Martin Kondža. “Its themes and stories also apply to humanity today. The bridge acts as a dumb witness to empires being born and crushed, human lives reaching their peaks and depths, and countries being established and destroyed.”
July, 2019 Teen Book Club Selection
Once a banned book now required reading for Egyptian high school students. It was originally banned because it depicted what it was like to grow up in rural Egypt in the 1940’s. The author, Hussein, was blind from early childhood and is now considered by some to be the “Dean of Arabic letters.”
Here is the list for last year’s book club.
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