Good Trouble Book Club for

Middle School Students

WHEN: Saturday, December 18, 4 – 4:45 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

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 Trinity to chat about Before the Ever After by Jaqueline Woodson.  

For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone’s hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he’s as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ’s house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ’s mom explains it’s because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that–but it doesn’t make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name.

As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can’t remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us at Dog-Eared Books, Saturday, December 18, at 4 PM, for the book discussion. Please don’t let financial hardship be a barrier! Let us know if you need help purchasing your copy. Snacks will be provided.

Registration is required to participate in the book club. Seats are limited to 8
participants; register today to save a seat. 

Dates and books for upcoming Good Trouble Book Club gatherings:

December 18 at 4 PM Before the Ever After by Jaqueline Woodson

2022 books & dates:

January 22 at 4 PM  Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

February 26 at 4 PM  Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson

March 26 at 4 PM  Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone

April 23 at 4 PM  The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker

May 28 at 4 PM  Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

June 25 at 4 PM  Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston