It is a space where students can discover new cultures, learn about diverse experiences and viewpoints, but above all, it is a club where students have the chance to feel that they are represented in the literature they read. It is so important that young people experience a connection with the books they read and are able to identify with the characters they see in those stories." - Justyna Kaluzny, Book Club moderator & English teacher
The first meeting of The Readers Society of Obstinate Women was held last month. The new book club's mission is to celebrate diverse female voices and read and learn about diverse experiences and cultures. Each month, both teachers and students will pick and read a new Young Adult fiction book by a female BIPOC author, participate in weekly check-ins, and meet on Zoom at the end of the month to discuss.
The first selection was Elizabeth Acevedo's Clap When You Land, a novel-in-verse that tells the story of two sisters whose fates become tragically intertwined. 15 students and 10 teachers met in the end of March to discuss themes of sisterhood, separation, loss, stereotypes that define us and how to break free from them, and identity. We not only delved into our favorite moments, but connected our own lives and experiences to the events in the novel.
The next selection is If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson which narrates the love story between a Jewish girl and a black boy.
We look forward to continuing the book club into next school year!