We decided to level up from children’s and young adult books to read Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” and we’re glad we did. The book is easy to digest for both younger and older readers, and gave us the opportunity to discuss themes such as spirituality, goal setting, and patience.
Up next: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have…an eighties theme song, but not Gary Soto’s “Facts of Life”. Soto’s collection of stories is also about adolescent maturation, and we discussed our favorites of the bunch and why we liked them. Themes include self identity, responsibility, and investing in one’s self.
Up next: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
In this episode of the FDBC, we explore the world of twelve-year-old Marlee. We discussed themes such as segregation and integration, friendship, courage, and disobedience. What is true friendship? We find that out in our conversation of a true friendship.
Up next: “Facts of Life” by Gary Soto
We apologize for the delay between episodes, but we’re back with Marie Lu’s “The Young Elites”. This was a difficult read for us but Lu’s antihero epic is still one worth exploring. We delve into themes such as betrayal, mistrust, and acceptance, and how a person’s environment can impact their reaction to those themes.
Up next: “The Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine
Make no bones about it, Lemony Snicket’s “The Bad Beginning” is “an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.” In our conversation, we tried to find some bright spots in this story, but still had to cover all the atrocities. We also talked about what’s coming next for FDBC.
Up Next: “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu
What is the thing about jellyfish? Our conversation explores the various ways that twelve-year-old Suzy tries to cope with the loss of her best friend, and how jellyfish factor into her grieving.
Up Next: “The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket
We thought we’d do something different for this episode and play a game. It’s a Father-Daughter question game where we try to see how well we know each other. It was fun for us to play and will hopefully bring some enjoyment to you also. If you missed it, check out our discussion on Sharon Draper’s wonderful “Out of My Mind,” and make sure to read Ali Benjamin’s “The Thing About Jellyfish” so you can join our next conversation!
Sharon Draper’s “Out of My Mind” explores what it would be like to grow up without being able to talk or walk. Join us as we discuss the challenges young Melody Brooks faces while coping with the limitations of cerebral palsy and being constantly misunderstood and underestimated.
Up Next: “The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin
We learn that being a demigod may not be as glamorous as it sounds in Rick Riordan’s “The Lightning Thief.” We discuss our expectations of the book, what it’s like growing up without a parent, and other themes such as loyalty and deception.
Up next: “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper
We thought we’d take a break from our usual book chat to bring you some recommendations! We each make five recommendations, ranging from children’s classics to mystery and science fiction. Enjoy!
Up next: The Lightning Thief