EDHS & White Pine Book Clubs

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Thanks for a great meeting!!!

So, we decided to trade books. If you were unable to attend and would like to trade in your current book for a new one, please see Mr. Feick. Hopefully by the time we meet again in December, we will have our White Pine books to take home for the Christmas Break.

Next meeting: Thursday, December 17

Also, as requested...

Hot Mulled Cider

2 L Apple cider, fresh, unseasoned
3/4 - 1 c Brown sugar, packed
1/2 can Frozen orange concentrate
4 Cinnamon sticks
2 heaping T Cloves, loose or in a tea ball or bound in cheesecloth

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and allow to simmer for 2 hours. Once you start drinking the cider the cloves very quickly begin to warm up the mixer, so if you're not over fond of cloves, you may wish to remove them. Cinnamon sticks can be washed, allowed to thoroughly air dry and reused in your next batch.


Homemade Caramel Sauce

2 cBrown sugar, packed
1 cHalf-n-half, regular or light
1/2 cButter, salted, chunked
2 pinchesSalt
2 TVanilla

Combine all but the vanilla in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow to boil for 5 - 7 minutes, whisking to keep the sugar from burning. Mixture will thicken to a milky consistency. Add vanilla and continue to cook for 1 min. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes--it gets quite hot. If you have leftovers (or are making ahead) store in a reheatable container and store in the fridge. Sauce becomes thick when cooled. Reheat without bringing to a boil otherwise the butter may tend to separate from the mixture.

Quite yummy drizzled over fresh apple slices which you can keep from turning brown by immersing then in a bath of 3 parts water to 1 part lemon juice. Allow to soak for approximately 10 minutes then rinse in cold water.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


The meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd has been postponed to Thursday, October 29th. 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

September-October Discussion Questions

Here are some discussion questions to help you prepare for our meeting on October 22. Feel free to ponder them, or to bring some questions of your own!
  • The book is about abrupt changes, filled with observations like Ned’s, early in the book, that “an hour ago the world had been a different place.” Is it the world that’s changing, or is Ned’s perspective changing? How does that compare to the way photography works—capturing what an abrupt flash of light reveals? What about slow changes, as well—changes that can’t be reversed over time, or changes in the men Ned encounters?
  • When Ned meets the bald man at the cafĂ©, it becomes apparent to both of them that Ned has a role in the story he’s beginning to glimpse—and that his role could be dangerous. The man comments on the fact that “we invite our fate.” Which characters invite their fate? Which are swept along by events? How much of what happens to us in our own lives is determined by fate, and how much is (or can be) influenced by our own choices in the face of what we encounter? For example, when Melanie came to help Ned at Entremont, was that chance, or evidence of some cosmic plan?

    Questions courtesy of: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/289593/ysabel-by-guy-gavriel-kay/9781436244268/readers-guide/
  • Darcy’s agent emphasizes the importance of first chapters, which she calls killer openings: “She says the buyers from the big chains only have time to read one chapter.” Reread the first chapter about Darcy and the first chapter about Lizzie. Are they killer openings?
  • “I was becoming something else. Something powerful and dangerous,” Lizzie thinks on the first day of school. How does Lizzie change throughout the book? In what ways does she become more powerful and dangerous? Does Darcy change in similar or different ways?
  • At times, the author pokes fun at YA books and their writers. Discuss the Drinks Night conversation about paranormal romances in Chapter 7.What are they mocking? How does the discussion relate to Darcy’s book? Consider, too, the description of YA heaven in Chapter 27. What parts of it reflect Darcy and Imogen’s experiences and hopes as writers?

    Questions courtesy of: http://cfmedia.btsb.com/TitleLessonPlans/1164.pdf

  • Commenting in an interview, Lawhead said of entertainment, "It can uplift you, it can change you, it can inspire you, it can challenge you, it can do all kinds of things." And later, commenting on literature as entertainment he said, "if it's done well, it can have a value beyond the moment, beyond that initial read.... Because it might stay with you a while … because you've been challenged, you've been awakened to another possibility perhaps or inspired in some way." In what ways is this either true or not true for The Skin Map?"
  • The narrative structure of The Skin Map is challenging. How does Lawhead attempt to help the reader keep the various characters and realities straight? Is he successful? Why or why not?
  • Once she reaches her new reality Wilhelmina undergoes a change.What is it about her personality that allows her to adapt so readily? Do you find her transformation believable?

Thursday, 17 September 2015

First Meeting of the New School Year!

Woohoo! Thanks for a great meeting.

It was wonderful to meet so many new members and to get reacquainted with our core group from last year.

I'm really looking forward to having some lively and interesting discussion with other people who love to read.

Since we already have a set, I'm going to include the first book of the Bright Empires series, The Skin Map as one of our Sept/October reads. Two other suggestions for alternate reality titles came in today as well and I am investigating getting copies from the public library and other schools. They are Ysabel  by Guy Gavriel Kay, and Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld.

I'll announce when the books are ready for pick up next week, so be sure to listen to the morning announcements.

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 22.

Check out these book trailers

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The Skin Map
Link to a review

(Trailer is en francais)
Link to a summary

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Thanks for a great January meeting.

Thanks to everyone who took time from their busy lunch break to come out and share your views on the White Pine books we've read to date. Congratulations to Ameena, Meghan and Kyle for getting a jump on the 5-book minimum for White Pine: enjoy your leather-bound journals.

Copies of all White Pine books are together in one handy spot over by the comfy chairs.

Next meeting, Thursday, February 19. See you in the Library!