TEEN PIZZA AND PAGES BOOK GROUPS
6th-8th Grade Discussion Groups
Tuesdays at 4 pm
July 17th - Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Thirteen-year-old Steven has a wonderful life, he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on a girl in school, and is constantly annoyed by his 5-year-old brother Jeffrey. When Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, it turns his world upside down. In the midst of the family upheaval, life goes on, love can bloom, and the one thing you can change is yourself.
August 14th - Lemonade Mouth by Peter Hughes
Five high school freshmen find themselves in detention and begin to sing a radio jingle. Thus begins the story of the legendary band Lemonade Mouth. Forming the band with unusual instruments, Wen, Stella, Charlie, Olivia and Mo meet in the basement of the school and change rock and roll and high school as we know it.
9th-12th Grade Discussion Groups
Thursdays at 7 pm
July 19th - Rock On by Denise Vega
Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known only as the kid brother of sports star Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother's shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own. With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage?
August 9th - Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay--to "help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores"--Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life, from the day he was badly burned when tied to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, to the day in eighth grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and suggested they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world. Harry's essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world.