For April's book club, we read NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
This is a funny one that I thought the kids would really like. And while they did enjoy it, they all complained that it was TOO LONG and some had a hard time finishing. :(
That didn't stop our discussion from being AWESOME though.
Here were the questions I used:
What was your favorite part?
Who was your favorite character? (This was interesting as everyone had a different one!)
***What's the thing that other kids make fun of your for? How would you turn that into a super power?
We spent SO.MUCH.TIME. on this question. It was getting them to admit weakness in front of their peers, so I answered first. I said that I read a lot and when I was in elementary school, I'd even read at recess, sitting up against the wall and kids would make fun of my for reading so much (I didn't tell them that I had reading friends and we'd sit in a row, which made us less of a target. And that we didn't do it EVERY recess.)
They really got into not only talking about what they get mocked for, but also ways they would make it awesome. What made this discussion really cool was that they would build on each other's ideas for how their weaknesses could be used as spy technology.
If you got these super-powers, what would your NERDS nickname be? (They also had a lot of fun with this one.)
I was GOING to ask them similar questions about their super villain names and evil plots, but we ran out of time.
Here's a good reading guide for more ideas!