My book discussion group for 9-12 year olds was this week. The book we read was Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker by Megan McDonald. I chose it because I thought it was a fun (and funny) book with broad appeal that would be a quicker read. My book club kids are under so much pressure with school testing and tons of homework that I want book club to be FUN.
Of course, I managed to get some HUGE jawbreakers for snack. (Honestly, these were the only jawbreakers the candy store had!) You know a snack is good when it comes with a safety lecture. (And a sandwich bag so they could take it home without getting sticky everywhere. I also had hand wipes for sticky fingers.)
What’d you guys think of the book? What was your favorite part?
If you could write a real complaint letter to a company (not just a trick for free stuff!) who would you want write to? Why?
What company do you wish would send you free stuff?
What would you do if you got 21,280 jawbreakers in the mail?
Stink writes his letters by hand and mails them. Do you ever write snail mail letters? To whom?
Stink uses a lot of idioms in this book—there’s a list in the back. Can you think of any more?
What did you think of Stink’s thank you letter to his Grandma? Was it nice?
I also came up with an activity to do if discussion died out before our time was over.
Stink draws comics that show literal interpretations of some idioms. Choose an idiom that Stink didn’t illustrate and draw your own comic!
This teacher guide is also really helpful with ideas, questions, and background info.
There was a concert happening at the same time, but my book club kids decided to go with giant jawbreakers. We never got to the idiom discussion/activity and spent a lot of time comparing progress and seeing what colors were coming up next in our candy.
All in all it was a very good meeting and we had a lot of fun. Now to prep for next month...