Thursday, June 16, 2011
Short summary: Peekay is only 5 years old when he is sent to boarding school, a harrowing experience that shapes his life to come. This book, set in South Africa during WWII, is part semi-autobiography, part myth.
The group's verdict: Despite all the different versions we were going off of, everyone enjoyed reading about Peekay's adventures. Granpa Chook, Peekay's pet chicken, was a favorite character and everyone got a kick out of Peekay's friend Doc, especially his sayings. I think we probably would've had a better discussion if everyone had been on the same page, so to speak, so if you're thinking of reading this one for your book club, make sure everyone has the same version!
Up next: Summer break! Everyone was asking when they could read MY book for book club. And that struck me as kinda weird. Do authors discuss their books with their own book clubs? I don't think I've ever heard of any examples of this, have you?