Today was the first meeting of the 7th/8th Grade Chapter of Guys Read. We began by enjoying some of our favorite Star Wars memories as we prepare for the onslaught of new Star Wars toys that will be hitting stores, like Target, around September 4. Most of the lads enjoyed the end of Episode III the best, I on the other hand, was pee my pants exited when I was driven from my grandparents cabin on Flathead Lake to Kalispell, Montana in the summer of 1984 to see The Return of the Jedi. Man I was in heaven!
My new school computer then decided to freeze up, so whilst it rebooted we took advantage of the time and talked about stories we might like to start with this year. I had a few Scholastic Book Orders around the room that allowed us a nice browsing minute. We landed on two interesting, and cheap, ideas from the book orders.
After a democratic and very close vote the lads have decided to start with The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. You should be able to find a copy relatively easy at the libraries and local stores, but if you would like to order a copy from Scholastic Books you just need to hand me $5 by our next Guys Read meeting. If you would like to write a check please make it out to Scholastic Books.
We also were interested in a new story called I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest. I really liked the idea of pushing some gender norms and starting with a story that is clearly marketed for a girl audience, and a few of the guys were game, but in the end the vote came down for the Iron Trial first and I Am Princess X next. Princess X is also only $5 in the book order, and comes with four stickers! If anyone would like a copy you can add the $5 to your order and I will get you both books.
I am looking forward to reading both of these stories and jumping into some interesting reading challenges with the ideas we find hiding within their covers. As always here at SMS Guys Read you do not need to buy the books and members are always welcome even if they have not read or finished the current read. It just makes it more fun when everyone is on the same page, so to speak.
We ended our meeting by looking a few Guys Read T-shirt ideas. I will add the idea powerpoint here, and the voting post will go up very soon. Remember to vote early and vote often.
It was great to see a few regulars and some new faces this afternoon. Please come back for our next meeting on September 8 from 3:15 to 4:10 in Mr. H’s room.
If you have any questions please let me know.