Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mock Newbery Book Club- Discussion Guidelines

Use the list below to help you prepare for our book club meeting. 
We will use this list to discuss books at our book club meeting.

  • Who is the main character?
  • What makes the character unique or special?
  • What is the character’s problem in the story?
  • Who are other important characters in the story?
  • Where does the story take place?
  • How is the location important to the story?
  • When does the story take place? 
  • What are some important events?

  • Be sure not to give away too much information about the events (especially the ending) in case other book club members want to read the book next month.
Author’s style:
  • What techniques does the author use? (Examples: Use of repetition, use of similes, short sentences, writing in poetic form, etc…)
  • Who is the narrator of the story?
  • How is the book organized? What the writing clear and made sense? Was it accurate? 
  • What is the theme or message of the story? (Examples of themes are courage, love, prejudice, war, honesty, death, friendship, etc…)
Is it a “distinguished” or excellent book?
  • What makes this book distinguished or excellent?
  • Do you think it should win a Newbery Medal? Why or why not?