Then we talked about The People of Sparks over snacks. Pretty good discussion, too. The group was divided over which book was better, about whether the mayor of Ember in the first book or Tick in the second book was worse, and the multiple meanings that names can have--like "Sparks." That could refer to the hope of new beginning or the sparks that start a fire of war. Or "Tick." That was the name of a really bad character in The People of Sparks but a "tick" is also a blood-sucking insect or the sound a time bomb makes before it goes off. Both of those are good descriptions of Tick's character. Here's a sample of our discussion:
Here's one of the highlights of the high-quality literary talk:
Now that's book reviewing!!!
Of course, no book club is complete without martial arts:
We're not this rowdy all the time, however, and our next activity was to create a flag, since the people of Sparks and Ember had their own flags in the second book. This flag was to symbolize both books and be something that the Ember and Sparks guys could cooperate on. Here's the finished product: