Elliott Bay Young Adult Book Group: All Ages Welcome!

Hero by Perry Moore

Tuesday, January 18th at 4 p.m. (After January the group will meet every 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30)

The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League; the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old woman who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League. To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.

 

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (Ages 13 and up)

Monday, February 21st at 6:30 p.m.

15 year old ambitious Brooklynite Craig Gilner is cracking under the pressures of high school, grade point averages, impending college and his seemingly set future. Suicidal thoughts land him in a psychiatric ward where his fellow patients include a transsexual sex addict, a sexual abuse survivor who self mutilates and the self-elected President Armelio. Craig rediscovers passions and helps others along the way. A book that carries all the complex textures of rough adolescence and does so with great compassion and hilarity. A definite conversation piece.

 

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (Ages 13 and up)

Monday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m.

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver in Australia. He’s useless at romance, terrible at cards and lives in a shack with a broke-down 17 year old dog. After he inadvertently stops a bank robbery, he begins getting mysterious messages, all written on the Aces of various suits, in the mail. On them are written different addresses. The sender is anonymous and his mission is unclear. Compelled to go to each address, Ed soon finds himself in a bit of a “hero” role. Written by the author of the well received The Book Thief, it has been dubbed “compulsively readable”. Well plotted with great language, it should make for great discussion.

 

Past books have included: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Going Bovine by Libba Bray and Godless by Pete Hautman.

Possible titles for 2011: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume One the Pox Party by M.T. Anderson, Does My Head Look Big in This by Randa Abdel-Fattah, Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

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