Summer Reading Book Discussion (August 22)

Summer Casual Book Club

Back-to-school is around the corner, but we’re not giving up on summer yet! Join us in the air conditioning for free snacks & a relaxed discussion of 5 books that share this month’s theme: Summer Reading: Books Selected from Required Reading Lists.

This is a casual discussion—you will NOT receive a grade & you won’t earn extra credit. What you will earn is a better understanding of the book, free snacks, & some extra motivation to complete your summer reading early—before the first bell rings!

Want to participate? Read at least one book from the following list. Remember to check your school’s required reading list—the books below have been selected from the East Haven Academy, JMMS, & EHHS Summer Lists for grades 7-12 (it is your responsibility to make sure the book you choose is on the list for your school/grade).


August Book Club Choices: (click each title for more information):

  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. (Mystery). Follows three young operatives of a psychic detective agency as they battle ghosts in London.
  • Life as We Knew It. Susan Beth Pfeffer. (Science Fiction). A meteor hits the moon causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Follow one girl—Miranda—and her family as they try to survive in a world turned upside-down.
  • Ghost* by Jason Reynolds (Contemporary Fiction). Castle Crenshaw, “Ghost,” is offered a spot on a championship track team…if he can stay out of trouble. But trouble is hard to outrun in a world of domestic (gun) violence, bullying, and theft.
  • Graceling* by Kristin Cashore (Fantasy). In a world where some people are born with a magical talent—or Grace—clever, beautiful Katsa is born gifted…in the art of killing. Forced to use her extreme skills to further her uncle’s political ambitions, Katsa must learn who she really is in order to survive. If you liked Hunger Games, this book is for you!
  • The Language of Flowers* by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Contemporary Fiction) Did you know that every flower has a meaning? By creative bouquets, you can create poetry for the senses. After a childhood of abuse, Victoria Jones doesn’t care about poetry. Now on the cusp of adulthood, homeless, jobless, and out of hope, Victoria has forgotten how to communicate with the world outside herself. But through flowers, maybe she can find a way to reconnect…

*Contains mature themes and/or content, reader discretion is advised.


Wednesday, August 22 from 5pm to 8pm

Fireside in the Library Community Room

Hagaman Library, 227 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512


Ready to sign up? Space is extremely limited, so register today @: Have suggestions for a book theme? Questions? Comments? Want to request a copy of this month’s titles? Email the Teen Services Librarian, Miss Sarah, today @