ANDREW CLEMENTS AUTHOR
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE
TO BE IN A BOOK CLUB?
Sit facing your book club members
Make eye contact
Have your books and any notes in your hand
Put your eyes on the speaker
Stay in your assigned spot
WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE
TO BE IN A BOOK CLUB?
Everyone is quiet when the speaker is speaking
You are asking and answering questions
You are responding to each other
You may hear or say things like:
I agree with that
I thought that, too
One (word, scene, example, idea) I found was…
I think something different
Let’s see what the text says
I would like to add ____________
Can you tell me more about…
I think ____________ because the text says ______________
Can you explain why you think that?
What do you think?
1. Why did you choose this book?
2. What genre do you predict the book fits
3. So, what kinds of things COULD happen
in the story based on your genre
4. What are your hopes for this book?
5. How do you predict the book will be
organized? Why do you think that?
6. What is your purpose for reading this
1. Describe everything you know about the main
--feelings, actions, inner thoughts
2. Using the character trait chart, choose 3-4 traits that
BEST describe your character.
3. Is the main character likable? Rate him or her on a
scale of 1-10. Be prepared to justify your rating!
4. Is the main character believable as a real person?
Rate him/her on a scale of 1-10. Be prepared to
justify your rating!
5. Describe the setting of the story.
6. Is the setting believable?
1. How is the action in the story rising? What is
happening? What do you predict the action is
leading up to?
2. Has the author foreshadowed any events?
3. Do you agree with the decisions the characters
are making? Why or why not? What might you
have done differently?
4. What do you like about the author’s writing
style? What do you dislike?
5. What has been most memorable (unusual,
interesting, shocking, funny, etc.) about the book
1. Are the settings important to the stories?
2. Find similarities between the main characters of
3. Discuss the problems the main character
encounters. How are they alike? How are they
different? Are they believable?
1. What techniques does the author use to keep the
2. Have any of the characters changed or learned
something? How are they different or what have
3. Find a VIVID scene from the book. One that you can
really picture in your head. What does the author
do to make that scene come alive?
4. Books often take us on ‘emotional rollercoasters’
when we feel the ups and downs alongside the
character. What are some of the ‘up’ experiences
the character has and what emotion did they evoke?
What are some of the ‘down’ experiences and what
emotion did they evoke?
1. Describe the main problem and how it was
resolved. Are the problem and resolution
2. How did the author organize this book? Did the
organization make sense?
3. What is the THEME of the book? How does the
plot support the theme?
4. What did the author do really well? What could
the author have done to improve the book?
5. Rate this book on a scale of 1-10. Justify your
rating with facts, details, and examples.
Compare the following in your group:
Setting—How were they alike? Different?
Plot—How were they alike? Different?
Problems—How were the problems the characters
experienced alike? Different? Were the problems
believable? What made them believable?
Characters—How are the main characters alike?
Different? Think about their characteristics (age,
interests, challenges, relationships, etc.).
Theme—How were the themes similar? Different?
Writing Style—Find similarities and differences
between the author’s tone, use of language,
organization, skill, ability to connect with the reader,