What do you do when you read a new book and really like it, but don't have anyone to talk to about it?
What do you do if you know that a group of fifth graders are reading the book and are meeting in book clubs to talk about the book?
You invite yourself to join the club.
Normally, I am aware of social norms. I don't invite myself to events. I politely wait to be invited. But last night, I took home Rivals by Tim Green to quickly review it. I didn't expect to like it so much. It's about a boy who plays baseball and from what I can tell, there's going to be a mystery to be solved. I'm not someone who particularly likes sports and I definitely know very little about baseball. So, I was surprised at how quickly I was drawn into the fast-paced chapters. Tim Green knows his audience!
This morning, when I took the book back to Mrs. Boyers, I asked if book clubs were meeting today. I then proceeded to invite myself to join in. They agreed to come get me when it was time and I was thrilled when they popped downstairs to get me.
There's something about hanging out with a group of boys, reading a book about baseball and then talking about it. I learned a lot. For instance, I didn't realize how rare the 75 mph pitch that the main character can throw would be for a 12 year-old.
We had a nice chat and they have invited me back after spring break to talk more about the book. Rivals is coming home with me over break so that I can finish reading it. I want to be ready for the next time we meet.