Avi talks about war, childhood, and his inspiration for The Button War
In The Button War, master of historical fiction Avi delivers a fierce account of the boys in a war-torn Polish village who are determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that spins disastrously out of control. Reading Group Choices interviewed him about the book, his methodology for writing, and the culture created in his striking novel.
Q: Why did you pick buttons as the object of the boys’ dare in The Button War?
Megan Stielstra makes us want to hang out with her even more by answering our questions about fear, parenting, and her current projects
We absolutely loved reading and discussing The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra. Thank you for writing it!
RGC Group: We noticed there were more essays that involved information about your dad, and about your relationship with your dad. Is that because you connect fear to him more to you than to your mom (due to his health and his experience with the school shooting)?
Claire Fuller Talks About Her Inspiration for Swimming Lessons, Character Motivation, & Much More in Our Insightful Interview
Our RGC group’s book 5 was Claire Fuller’s Swimming Lessons.
RGC Group: Thanks so much for answering our questions. We loved your book and we were all drawn into the story immediately. It was a fun discussion.
RGC: Did Gil find all of the letters from Ingrid or just the portion we saw? Were there others?
Claire Fuller: Well,
RGC Group’s Book 4:
Our RGC group’s book 4 was Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal.
RGC: We all thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the conversations it sparked were so interesting! Everyone is planning to read other books related to the book and ideas, and other books mentioned in the back, which is always great to see! Thanks so much to Claire for answering our questions!
Claire Cameron: I loved this interview, thank you. It’s so much fun to be a part of a conversation.
RGC Group’s Book 3:
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Our RGC group’s book 3 was Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. Eimear recently published her second novel, The Lesser Bohemians.
For many of our group members this was the first time reading a novel written with a lyric prose style so we discussed writing style as much as the story itself. The book brought up many important and timely issues to discuss: gender, power, trauma, individuality and perception,
RGC Group’s Book 2: The Thing About Jellyfish
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Our RGC group’s second book was Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish. This was our group’s first Young Adult book, and while the setting took us back to middle school memories (some fond, some not so fond), the issues and struggles were ageless. We had a very interesting discussion about grief, individuality, friendship, bullying, and the different actions that can be used in place of words. And Ali kindly agreed to answer a few questions for us!