Great Stories Book Discussion Group for Teens
Posted on 08/22/2019
Great Stories Teen Book Discussion GroupThe Velma Teague Library is excited to announce our new “Great Stories” book discussion group for teens, ages 12-18, featuring books written by Latinx and African American authors.

There will be one discussion per month from September-December 2019, in partnership with Independence High School. Registered participants will be given a copy of each book discussed to keep (while supplies last). 

The books cover a range of themes that will resonate with all teens but will particularly feel familiar to teens from immigrant families or those in minority groups. These discussions are meant to encourage teens to feel more comfortable discussing race and culture in a healthy way, empowering them to voice their opinions within the community. 

Discussions will run from 4-5 PM on Thursday, September 26 (Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero), October 24 (American Street by Ibi Zoboi), November 21 (Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson), and December 5 (I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina). All teens are welcome to attend, but only registered participants will receive a free copy of each book to keep. Click here to register for the September session.

The first book we are discussing in September is Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, which centers around protagonist Gabi as she enters her chaotic final year of high school. Everything happening around Gabi seems to be counter to her Mexican heritage, which her mother insists that she honor: her father is an unreliable meth addict, her best friend is accidentally pregnant, her other best friend is gay and trying to find a way to come out to his parents, and Gabi herself is trying to come to terms with her own body image and burgeoning sexuality. Though she undergoes strife, Gabi remains a strong individual and will be relatable to many teens. 

The Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation is a project of the American Library Association with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and Acton Family Giving.