Thursday, June 26, 2014

Teen Book Club - June - Distant Waves

The Teen Book Club met last night to discuss...

In the early twentieth century, four sisters and their widowed mother, a famed spiritualist, travel from New York to London, and as the Titanic conveys them and their acquaintances, journalist W.T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor, home, Tesla's inventions will either doom or save them all.
Here are the discussion questions we used~

1. What did you think of the book? General thoughts?

2. Did you have a favorite character in the book? Least favorite? Favorite scene or part?

3. Why do you think Jane was chosen to be the narrator in the book? How would the book be different if it was Mimi, or the twins?

4. What kind of relationships did the sisters have with each other? Did their relationships change after the revelation about Mimi?

5. Do you believe in psychics and premonitions? Do you think the dead can be contacted?

6. Why did Mimi want to leave home? Why didn’t she want to tell Victor about her heritage?

7. What did you think of the writing style in the book?

8. Do you believe time travel is possible? What time/place in the past would you visit?

9. If you were casting the actors and actresses for the movie version of this book who would you cast for: Jane, Mimi, Emma & Amelie, Blythe, Thad, Tesla, Ninette, and anyone else you want to cast?

10. Ratings and final thoughts!

Melanie gave it a 7.5 out of 10 and said "It is an interesting plot line with a smooth blending of history with fiction and the characters are well developed."

Miss G gave it an 8 out of 10 and said "The Spiritualism and relationships between the sisters drew me in, and then I couldn't stop reading, I had to find out what would happen to them on the Titanic!" 

If you are interested in learning more about the Titanic:

· 910.9163 DAV – Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by R. P. T. Davenport-Hines

· 910.916 WEL – Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner by Susan Wels

If you want more Titanic Fiction:

· YA ACT PAU – Deck Z: The Titanic: Unsinkable, Undead by Chris Pauls - Imagine being trapped aboard the doomed Titanic on an icy Atlantic. . . with the walking dead.

· YA PAR GRA – Fateful by Claudia Gray - When seventeen-year-old Tess Davies, a ladies' maid, meets handsome Alec Marlow aboard the RMS Titanic, she quickly becomes entangled in the dark secrets of his past, but her growing love puts her in mortal peril even before fate steps in.

· YA HIS WOL – The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf - Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.

If you are interested in learning more about Nikola Tesla:

· 621.3 MY – My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla by Nikola Tesla

Our next book is Ashfall by Mike Mullin and we will meet on TUESDAY, July 29th at 6:00pm. We will skype live with the author! 

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

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