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Club at Northview attracting bookworms

Friday, April 30, 2010

Students in the Northview High School Book Club enjoy a rousing conversation about John Green's "An Abundance of Katherines." The club, which is comprised of students in all grade levels at Northview, is able to connect with characters and analyze their actions while dissecting the plot. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
There are two types of students in this world. Those who read because they have to and those that read because they want to.

The book club at Northview High School is in the later category.

"These students love reading," book club sponsor Kathy Rendant said. "They analyze the characters and dissect their actions."

The book club provides students with extra reading material that they would not receive in class. It allows for students to connect with characters and to simply enjoy a good book.

While discussing John Green's 'An Abundance of Katherines,'" many students enjoyed the book and talked about it with pleasure. However there were some that were not so happy with the choice.

"Not all of the students enjoyed 'An Abundance of Katherines,'" Rendant said. "But they knew exactly why they didn't like it, and how they would've changed the story to improve the book."

Reading has been proven to increase vocabulary, improve analytical thinking and writing skills. With a room full of students, there were many varying opinions, and an abundance of analytical thinking, but it is one of the perks to being in book club.

The 20 minutes for the club meeting once a month isn't enough for these students, so they spend hours in the library.

"Reading is stressed in every classroom," Rendant said. "But these students want to read. They have college-level discussions about the topics."

Rendant helps the students to gain an understanding and connect with the characters in the books but she also hopes to encourage the students to pursue their dreams.

In "An Abundance of Katherines," she engaged students in conversation regarding the stereotypes of students in high school as well as trying to break outside the labels.

As the end of the school year gets ever closer, students in the book club and Rendant are hoping to continue to promote reading at Northview.

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