Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Meeting Wrap-Up

The Book Buddies Book Club met yesterday afternoon to discuss our December book, The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements.  We had a great meeting and enjoyed popcorn and holiday cupcakes while we talked about the book.

Everyone really enjoyed the book and liked Hart very much.  We thought he was a nice kid, the kind of person we might like to be friends with and that he was nice-popular, not bossy-popular.

We talked a lot about Hart's relationship with the chorus director, Mr. Meinert, and how it changed over the course of the book.  While he started out totally disliking chorus and not treating Mr. Meinert with a lot of respect, Hart learned how difficult it really is to be a teacher and how hard Mr. Meinert had to work to make the chorus good.  He also learned that it's hard to please everyone and sometimes being a leader means making tough choices that don't necessarily make you popular.

Popularity was an important theme in the book and we talked about what it means to be popular.  As Hart discovered, popularity can often be very fleeting and therefore it's more important to be a good person than to be popular. 

We thought the concert turned out well thanks to Hart's father and Mr. Meinert's efforts as well as Hart's dedication to making it a success.  We talked about why the author may have chosen to call the book, The Last Holiday Concert, and thought that it could have a lot of meanings but that, in the end, it might really be the last holiday concert since Mr. Meinert got laid off from his job soon afterward. 

Overall we really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to our friends!  Another winner from the amazing author Andrew Clements.

Thanks to all the Book Buddies members who attended!

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