The Columbia Public Library is excited to partner with Project LIT Battle, a student book club from Battle High School, to offer two community book discussions.
On Thursday, July 5, we will discuss “Dear Martin” by Nic Stone. This title was a finalist for the William C. Morris Award which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
The story follows Justyce McAllister, captain of the Braselton Prep debate team and an honor roll student. But after being profiled by the police and ending up in handcuffs, Justyce turns to the legacy of Dr. King, hoping King’s teachings can help him navigate today’s world. But when Justyce and his best friend are caught in the cross-hairs of a violent misunderstanding, Justyce is forced to deal with the media fallout that threatens to destroy his future.
On August 2, we will discuss “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds. This title was named an honor book for the 2018 Newbery Medal, Printz Award, Odyssey Award and Coretta Scott King Book Award.
Will’s brother Shawn has been murdered. In this free-verse novel, fifteen-year-old Will steps into an elevator with a gun in the back waistband of his jeans, ready to avenge his brother’s death, as he’s been taught to do. At each stop on the elevator down, someone connected to his brother gets on, giving Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows.
Both discussions will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Children’s Program Room. These events are for students entering grades 7-12. Adults welcome, too! No registration required.