Ian had a great book club meeting last night with his tween friends (ages 10-12 years, biys and girls). The book they discussed this month was: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.
Ian really enjoyed reading this book. Our friend Renee was a great hostess who guided the discussion, but the great thing is that all the kids participated. The kids had a great time discussing the book and spending time with each other. It is quite refreshing to see kids this age enjoying literature and literary discussion. And, of course, at the end of the night, they ate ice cream and ran around the cul-de-sac, proving that they really are tweens.
One of the questions they discussed was whether or not they would bring their siblings along with them if they ran away like the kids in the book. Ian said he wouldn't bring either of his brothers - "Cole would panic and Bode would whine too much." One of Ian's friends said he would bring his sister because "she has all the cash." You can't really argue with honesty like that.