In recent weeks our BGS Book Clubs have been lucky enough to host book club members from both BGGS and Terrace. These wonderful opportunities offer the students a chance to engage with books and students of a similar age in a social setting. The Inside Story Book Club, comprised of students from Years 7 and 8, meets once a term with boys the same age from Terrace. This term the boys have been enjoying the intriguing science fiction novel Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card, a story about a boy who can see the paths of others throughout history. Pathfinder created a lively discussion around time travel, character development, world building and the implication of various story lines being interwoven throughout a novel.
Our Year 8 and 9 Book Club boys also enjoyed an animated discussion with Libellum Book Club members from Girls Grammar, exploring the many social issues in the book Liquidator, by Andy Mulligan. The story traces a few days in the lives of students on work experience who discover that a top legal firm is assisting a multi-million dollar soft drink company to cover up the disastrous effects of its fizzy drinks on a young boy dying from uncontrolled diabetes.
We looked at part of the documentary Dying for Drugs. and comparisons were drawn to the movie The Constant Gardener, based on John Le Carre’s book, where a large drug company is experimenting with a new tuberculosis drug on African villagers suffering from AIDS, and to Erin Brockovich, a movie based on the true story of an environmental activist who takes on the Pacific Gas and Electric Company over its contamination of drinking water with a dangerous chemical.
The harmful effects of too much sugar also provoked some interesting discussion, with reference to the TV programs Super Size Me and Four Corners – Sugar, but the most interest came from this Sugargram Infographic. We’re looking forward to many more shared book club meetings and compelling discussions.