Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Teen Book Club August - Bloody Jack

Hey YAs,

We had the TBC meeting last night for Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer.  Here are the discussion questions we used:

1. General impressions.  What did you think of the book?
2. What did you think of Jacky (Mary)?  Who were some of your other favorite characters and why?
3. Did you have a favorite scene/part in the book?
4. Bloody Jack has been compared to classics like Treasure Island, Huckleberry Finn, and Great Expectations.  What do you think makes a classic?  Would you consider this book a classic?
5. The book has some fairly comical parts.  Did you ever laugh out loud?  At what?
6. Jacky grows both physically on the Dolphin and in other ways.  How would you say Jacky grows?
7. What do you think of Jacky and Jaimy's relationship?  Both before and after Jaimy knows that Jacky is a girl.
8. Does the crew react the way you would expect when they find out that Jacky is a girl?
9. What did you think of the ending?  Do you think Jacky will like her new school?  Will you read the second book?
10. Rating and final thoughts.

Here are our ratings:

Jill - 9/10 - It really captured the feeling of being on an adventure and being on a ship and keeping a secret.

Melanie (not finished) 7/10 so far - Like the story, but couldn't get into the writing style at first.

MissG - 8/10 - Listened the audiobook and the narrator really made the book!  Fabulous high seas adventure, would definitely continue reading this series!

If you enjoy Bloody Jack then you should read the entire series!  Here they are...

1. Bloody Jack 
2. Curse of the Blue Tattoo 
3. Under the Jolly Roger 
4. In the Belly of the Bloodhound 
5. Mississippi Jack 
6. My Bonny Light Horseman 
7. Rapture of the Deep 
8. The Wake of the Lorelei Lee 
9. The Mark of the Golden Dragon 
10. Viva Jacquelina! 
11. Boston Jacky 

Our book for September is:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Our meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24th at 6:30.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

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