My teenage son lobbied for J.R.R.’s The Hobbit. The other two contenders: Rick Riordan’s The Last Hero and Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers Disney After Dark. After the votes were tallied, the book we ended up with for our first-ever family summer reading was - Kingdom Keepers Disney After Dark.
And I am such a huge Disney nut, I even have a Stitch hat!
But back to the book. Finn Whitman and four other Orlando teens are transformed into hologram projections using Disney technology called DHI. Their holograms guide guests through the Disney parks. Then Finn starts becoming his hologram at night. With the help from an elderly Imagineer, Finn finds out Maleficient and a group of characters called the Overtakers are planning on destroying Walt Disney World and more. Only Finn and the other four guides can save Disney.
The book reads easy and is geared for 10-11 year olds, but is great for our family reading project. We set dates to have certain chapters read and mark them on our chalkboard painted wall.
The idea of family summer reading was the brainchild of my ten-year-old son. He had just finished Jeanne DuPrau’s Book of Ember series and couldn’t stop talking about the books. Since none of us had read them, he wanted us to all to have read the same book so we could discuss them. I was very proud of his thinking and proposal of the project that he calls “The Family Book Club”.
I’d love to find other books that we can add to our family book club list. I want an excuse to reread the Harry Potter series. But the boys have watched the movies and, “know what’s going to happen.” I’ve told them again and again and again the books are so much more than the movies. The dialogue. The characters. The conflict. Have I mentioned I love Harry Potter?
Does anyone else have a family book club? What other things do you do during meetings?
Please let me know if you have any other suggestions we can add to make our book club even better!