Good Books Young Troublemakers Book Club for Middle School Students

When: Saturday, June 22 | 4 PM
Where: Dog-Eared Books Loft

“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” – Congressman & civil rights activist John Lewis

Good Books Young Troublemakers is a book club where middle school-aged kids read great books and practice speaking up. In GBYT, we create a space for participants to reflect on identity, privilege, and power, and offer tools and practice opportunities to help prepare them to use their voices to respond to moments of injustice, both small and large. In short, we help them learn how to engage in “good trouble”!

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Not only are books fun, but some stories can also help us learn how to think about injustice, use our voices–and be good troublemakers! Join Tanvi and Lou to chat about Code Red by Joy McCullough

Registration is required for the Good Books Young Troublemakers Book Club.

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Ever since a career-ending injury, former elite gymnast Eden has been feeling lost. To add insult to actual injury, her mom has been invited to present at her middle school’s career day, which would be fine except Mom’s company produces period products like pads and tampons. Having the whole school hear about it is total humiliation. And when Eden gets into a fight with a boy who won’t stop mocking her for it, she and her classmate Maribel both end up getting suspended.

Mom’s corporate executive job means she doesn’t have time to look after Eden while she’s suspended, so Eden is sent to volunteer at the food bank Maribel’s mom runs. There, she meets new friends who open her eyes to period poverty, the struggle that low-income people with periods have trying to afford menstrual products. Eden even meets a boy who gets periods. Witnessing how people fight for fair treatment inspires Eden to join the advocacy work.

But sewing pads to donate and pushing for free access to period products puts Eden at odds with her mom. Even so, Eden’s determined to hold onto the one thing that’s ignited her passion and drive since gymnastics. Can she stand her ground and make a real difference?

The June book club pick was sponsored by a community member. But you are welcome to pick up a free copy, purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us at Dog-Eared Books, Saturday, June 22, at 4 PM, for the book discussion.

Registration is required each month to participate in the book club. Seats are limited to 10 participants; register today to save a seat. 

Dates and books for upcoming Good Trouble Book Club 2024 gatherings:

June 22 at 4 PM
Code Red by Joy McCullough sponsored by Jamie O. & Amy P.
July 27 at 4 PM
The Partition Project by Saadia Faruqi
August 31 at 4 PM
The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett
September 28 at 4 PM
Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
October 26 at 4 PM
A Game of Noctis by Deva Fagan


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