The Official 2017 Vote!


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Welcome to Book Club 2017-2018!

Welcome to Book Club!  Be sure to read our philosophy page to get started.  Next, look over the list below of books to movies being released at the end of 2017 to help us vote on our first read.

Wonderstruck (October 20th)

Wonder (November 17th)

Ferdinand (December 15th)

Jumanji (December 20th)



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Wonder Quotes

  • “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” —Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • “Your deeds are your monuments.” —Inscription on ancient Egyptian tomb
  • “Have no friends not equal to yourself.” —Confucius
  • “Fortune favors the bold.” —Virgil
  • “No man is an island, entire of itself.” —John Donne
  • “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” —James Thurber
  • “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” —Blaise Pascal
  • “What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.” —Sappho
  • “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” —John Wesley
  • “Just follow the day and reach for the sun.” —The Polyphonic Spree
  • “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world.” —Auggie Pullman
  • “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” —Mr. Tushman
  • “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.” —Auggie Pullman
  • “Sometimes you don’t have to mean to hurt someone to hurt someone.” —Wonder
  • “Don’t try too hard to be cool. It always shows, and that’s uncool.” —Amos Conti
  • “Learning who you are is what you’re here to do.” —Mr. Browne
  • “It’s not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.” —Charlotte
  • “We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.” —Mr. Tushman
  • “What’s cool about really little kids is that they don’t say stuff to try to hurt your feelings. . . Big kids, though: they know what they’re saying.” —Auggie
  • “Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than necessary.” —J. M. Barrie
  • “Don’t judge a book boy by its cover his face.” —Wonder

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“Wonder” by Raquel Jaramillo

Our next book is Wonder by Raquel Jaramillo.  To start our discussion, let’s learn about a real life example of someone who was treated differently and used as a cruel Internet meme because of the way she looked and used these experiences to empower herself and others.

People Magazine Article:

TED Talk:

My goal in reading Wonder and learning about Lizzie Velasquez’s story, is to reflect on what defines YOU and that you think twice about how we interact with others, in person and online.


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Beastly & More Versions of La Belle et la Bete

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s snow day & weekend!  While snowed in, I reread some more of Beastly, read Andrew Lang’s version in the Blue Fairy Book (Remember… That was a translation of the older, novella-sized “modern” tale) and previewed the 1946 French film (subtitled, of course) La Belle et la Bete.  Such different imaginings of an ancient tale!

How are you doing with Beastly?  Have you figured out who all the fairy tale characters are in the chat rooms (Mr. Anderson, BeastNYC, SilentMaid, Froggie, Grizzlyguy)?  Do you think the behaviors shown in the first two parts illustrates some rather “beastly” characters?

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Yes, we have Book Club on 12/23

I know it’s almost holiday recess, but we’re still meeting at 8:05am!  See you for one of the oldest modern retellings of Beauty and the Beast translated from Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s French classic first published 1756.

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Beauty and the Beast

I am so excited to be reading folklore with you!  From Stone Soup back in Kindergarten, you know how much I love traditional tales and I hope you’ll find them equally intriguing.  Let’s dive in…


And since we’re starting Ancient Greece soon, this morning we’ll start with one of the earliest recorded Beauty-and-the-Beast-type stories, Cupid and Psyche.

Suggested Reading Timeline for Beastly by Alex Flinn

1/6: Part I

1/13: Part 2

1/20: Part 3

1/27: Part 4

2/3: Part 5

2/10: Part 6 (TBD: Beastly Movie After School???)

2/17: Wrap up discussion & What’s Next

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