An informal group of writers who enjoy reading books & sharing feedback
RISING STARS BOOK CLUB, 2016-2019
Book Club Leader: Lilli
The Book Club is now open!
Three books will be featured, read, reviewed, and discussed.
You can earn a badge for reading and reviewing each of the three selected books!
That's up to three badges!
This is an informal gathering of Rising Stars, Super Stars, and anyone else who is interested in having fun, sharing the experience of reading, and responding to books we read as a group.
If you are interested in joining us, jump on board! I will post the books with the start and deadline dates for each.
All you have to do is pick up a copy of the book and read. The amount of time we allow for reading is approximately 8 weeks,
plenty of time to accommodate our busy schedules and other commitments.
This book club is designed to encourage all members who are interested in spending time together and sharing their views of the book. Each reader is asked to write a review of the book and POST IT HERE in the forum. Book reviewing is a great way to stretch your writing skills. Reviews completed and posted by the deadlines mentioned below will receive a Merit Badge!
BOOK SHARING VIA OUR BOOK EXCHANGE:
We encourage readers who have purchased the book of the month, and read it quickly, to post a notice if you're willing to mail your book to another member to read in time to meet the deadline. This way, we can spread the opportunity to share our book club with more members.
Be sure to check your local library for our Book Club selections. Many libraries these days also offer electronic copies so that you can read them from your computer or tablet and never have to leave the house!
by Wendy Corsi Staub
Staring into his frightened blue eyes, investigative genealogist Amelia Crenshaw Haines vows to help this silent little boy who is unable—or unwilling—to communicate his past. Though her own roots remain shrouded in mystery, she relies on tangible DNA evidence to help fellow foundlings uncover theirs . . . until a remarkable twist of fate presents a stranger bearing an eerily familiar childhood souvenir.
NYPD Missing Persons Detective Stockton Barnes has spent his career searching for other people's lost loved ones and outrunning a youthful misstep. Now a chance encounter with a key player from that fateful night leads him on a desperate quest to locate the one woman he's ever regretted leaving—unless a savage killer finds her first.
As Amelia and Barnes uncover intertwining truths—and lies—the real horror emerges not in crimes already committed, but in evil yet to come . . .
Reading Period: August 1 - 17th
Post your review of this book in the Forum by August 19th to receive a Merit Badge!
Earned MB's ▼
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.
Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
Reading Period: August 18 - 31st
Post your review of this book in the Forum by September 3rd to receive a Merit Badge!
Earned MB's ▼
Then She Was Gone
by Lisa Jewell
Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenaged golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.
And then she was gone.
Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together. It’s been ten years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a café, no one is more surprised than Laurel at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters—and his youngest, Poppy, takes Laurel’s breath away.
Because looking at Poppy is like looking at Ellie. And now, the unanswered questions she’s tried so hard to put to rest begin to haunt Laurel anew. Where did Ellie go? Did she really run away from home, as the police have long suspected, or was there a more sinister reason for her disappearance? Who is Floyd, really? And why does his daughter remind Laurel so viscerally of her own missing girl?
Reading Period: September 1 - 22nd
Post your review of this book in the Forum by September 25th to receive a Merit Badge!
Earned MB's ▼
Read and complete the current book selected as early as you like, or at the last minute, as long as you finish reading within the window of time we've provided. You're invited to post your report in the forum anytime after all of the reviews from the last book are in. We want to avoid reviewing two books at the same time. We'll enjoy reading what you have to say about the book, and we'll feel free to add our own remarks. This will be fun. No formal gatherings, meetings, performance reviews, or pressure of any kind. Just enjoy!
If you have questions, contact Lilli
When we select books, we'll make every effort to pick old or new books that are well written, interesting, fun, and diverse. The goal is to give our group books to read that are expansive. Participants will share in the selection process. We will do our best to select books that will have broad appeal.
When discussing a book, please put the chapter number/title in your subject line. This will help the participants avoid reading a discussion thread before they have reached that section of the book. Be polite, respect others opinions, especially when they differ from your own, and have fun.
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