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Time Travel for Teens and Tweens!

Imagine being born into royalty, then finding yourself a slave in the hands of your enemy. Imagine marching across the snowy Alps, running from lions and wolves, and navigating subterranean reservoir. Imagine being orphaned by the war and enslaved by Odysseus himself, only to learn that even your captors are not the demons they were said to be, but people like yourself.

Through this historical fiction book club, young people learn that despite huge differences in time and culture, people are not all that different from each other, that we have more in common than those things that set us apart, and that respect and understanding can triumph over unforgiveness and hate, and lead to peace both without and within.

Sinead Roy will be hosting this online book club for young lovers of historical fiction. The historical fiction book club uses narratives that unfold in settings that realistically portray what life would have been like for young people thousands of year ago. The literature also matches the grade 7 social studies program and also covers many of the requirements of grade 7 language arts.

Classes will be held on Mondays at noon PST and run for 10 weeks from January 14 – March 18, 2019. Students will spend 3-4 weeks on each book and discussions will be in the form of literature circles with specific roles such as discussion director, vocabulary enricher, literary luminary and homework checker assigned to each student. Roles will alternate on a weekly basis. The book club is based on grade 7 standards but open to students from other grades as well.

Book List:

The Cat of Bubastes – G.A.Henty:
 (Available for free on Kindle) Get swept away in this action-packed thriller set in ancient Egypt. The Cat of Bubastes follows the fortunes of the beleaguered young prince Amuba. Enslaved after an enemy invasion of his country, Amuba’s fate is intertwined with that of a mystical cat-like creature. Will he ever find his freedom?

The Young Carthaginian – G. A. Henry:
 During the time of the legend of Hannibal who crossed the Alps with his herd of elephants, a relative of Hannibal, a boy named Malchus, joins in Carthage’s march against Rome. Malchus has unsullied energy that allows him to escape attacks from lions and wolves while employing the use of a raft to manoeuvre through Carthage’s subterranean reservoir. Even though Carthage is eventually defeated, the clashes are thrilling enough and the dilemmas vexing enough to gain a reader’s undivided attention.

Torn from Troy – Patrick Bowman:
 In this re-creation of Homer’s classic as a young adult novel, we see the aftermath of the Trojan War through the eyes of Alexi, a fifteen-year-old Trojan boy. Orphaned by the war and enslaved by Odysseus himself, Alexi has a very different view of the conquering heroes of legend. Despite simmering anger towards his captors, Alexi gradually develops a grudging respect for them. As the Greeks fight off the angry Cicones, weather a storm that pushes them far beyond charted waters, and nearly succumb to the blandishments of the bewitching Lotus-eaters, he realizes that they are not the demons they were said to be, but people like himself.

*All sessions will be recorded and made available to participants. A list of formative assessments will be provided ahead of time and reports will be provided at the end of the course. Please contact sroy@onlineschool.ca for questions.

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