The Fledglings book club selection for March was The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan.
The tradition at Irving is that the student who had your room last year leaves behind something. Tim Macbeth, the albino, had Duncan’s room. Tim has left Duncan a stack of CDs. Rather than music CDs, Duncan listens to Tim’s recounting of his senior year. Tim promises that if Duncan listens, he will find inspiration for the most important assignment of the year. Duncan will have his topic for the Tragedy Paper.
Comments from the Fledglings:
- Liked the voices of the two narrators.
- For the amount of talking about the tragedy paper and how it consumed Duncan’s life, felt wanted more info of Duncan’s hysteria.
- Why did Duncan feel so responsible at the time of the accident? It was Patrick’s game.
- Liked the different points of view. The strength of the story is in the two voices.
- Like how Tim tells the story, but Duncan interprets.
- Tim’s story is stronger because of the first person narration.
- Discussion made participants realize there are areas in this book that are not as strong as others — many characters are very thin. Even Duncan is not very fleshed out.
- Lots of build up, bit of a weak climax.
Final score: 7.92666
The selection for April (and the final book of the year for Fledglings) will be The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater.
Some race to win. Others race to survive.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Some riders live.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.
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