Last month, students from Newhart Middle School in Mission Viejo met to discuss Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (see my book review here).
The night opened with an exciting game of Pictionary with a twist, using key objects from the book as clues. These words ranged from Peregrine, to airplane, to psychiatrist (that was a hard one!). After several rounds, the final score – Boys: 12, Girls: 10!
After the game, everyone sat down to discuss different aspects of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. A few questions that brought the most discussion were:
- What kind of atmosphere did the house in Wales have?
Answers were varied: Some described the house that was bombed, the house that Jacob explored, as “creepy and mysterious.” Others described the original, occupied house in 1940, as “predictable and carefree.” A discussion ensued about how the repetition of the loop day made for a predictable life for the peculiar children. Nevertheless, when the students challenged the accepted set of laws for time travel, the group became collectively mind-boggled!
- Which peculiar child had the trait you would most like to posses?
A majority of the group would have preferred to either to levitate or to see the hollows, since that would keep you safe. When the group was asked “Who would want to have a back mouth?” most did not wish to have that trait. However, one student did reply that a back mouth would be helpful if someone had you in a headlock, because then you could just bite the pursuer and escape!
“The next book in this series comes out in January (2014), but it doesn’t have a title yet,” Mrs. Wendehost said at the conclusion of the meeting. And who will read it?? That is up to the students at Newhart Middle School to decide, if they wish to be part of the Newhart Book Club in the future.
About the Newhart Middle School Book Club
Mrs. Michelle Wendehost is a sixth grade teacher at Newhart Middle School. During her first year at the school, she and another teacher started this fun book club. That was six years ago, when they used to read and discuss two books at each meeting. The other teacher left, and Mrs. Wendehost now leads this group on her own; however, is frequently accompanied by parents who join their middle schoolers for these lively discussions. Mrs. Wendehost’s most memorable book club meeting was when they read Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. A large group of girls came to discuss this book. And so did one boy, who said his mom made him read the book.
And what is Mrs. Wendehost’s overall goal for the Newhart Book Club? To get kids to realize reading is fun and to read more often!
-Leila S., 7th grade