In less than one month, friends, the library will be hosting our first ever Creek Reads Book Club! I’m very excited for this new program and I hope that we get plenty of students participating in what will surely be a really fun hour of discussion about the book 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger. If you haven’t read the Creek Reads blog review of this book yet, check it out here.
In short, this awesome novel takes place in near future India, where boys outnumber girls by a ratio of 5 to 1. In the walled city of Koyanagar, Sudasa is now marrying age and that means that she must judge 5 boys who are selected to compete in the Test to become her husband. Sudasa does not want to be married – for her, marriage is simply another form of enslavement. Kiran, one of the boys competing for Sudasa’s hand in marriage, is also scornful of the Test and the society in Koyanagar. As the Test progresses, Sudasa and Kiran try to break as many rules as possible, usually to the detriment of the other’s plans. Told in alternating chapters of verse and prose, this novel raises questions about gender roles and stereotypes, the consequences of greed and the misuse of power, and the value of choice.
During the book club, we’ll be joined by the author, Holly Bodger, via Skype! Holly hails from Canada and 5 to 1 is her debut novel. She’ll be present on the big screen to answer questions about her book and the writing process. If you’d like to join the Creek Reads Book Club, please grab a copy of 5 to 1 at your local library, bookstore, or download it and come prepared to discuss! Any and all NaNoWriMo participants are also welcome to join to discuss writing and publishing with Holly.
The Creek Reads Book Club will meet on Wednesday, October 28 during Advisory. Please sign up in the library to secure your spot – there are 20 seats available! Be sure to ask your advisor for permission to attend the meeting beforehand.