The Book Club will not be meeting this year, but take a look below to see some of the novels that we've read in the past.

The Cougar Critics meet monthly from October through June. We read and discuss books and the issues related to them that are of interest to middle school students. The books selected vary in genre and style. Students must turn in a permission slip (available on Edline or in the Library Media Center) each time they attend a meeting. All students and teachers are welcome. Stay tuned for more information for the coming school year.

The next meeting is Wednesday, April 24th. We will be discussing the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio.
Cover image for Wonder
Cover image for Wonder

***November 1, 2012--Since school was cancelled yesterday due to the weather, we will meet next Wednesday, November 7th, to discuss No Passengers Beyond This Point. See you there!

Welcome back to another year of the Cougar Critics! We are starting our year with Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt. It's a story set during the Vietnam War. Doug is from a dysfunctional family. They move to the small town of Maryville, NY, where because of his family, he is immediately thought to be a trouble maker who will never amount to anything. Doug fights any help that he is offered at first, but then realizes that he needs to work to make people change their opinions of him. It is a heartwarming book about the growth that takes place within Doug and the residents of Maryville.

Join us on Wednesday, October 3rd to discuss this moving book.

The Cougar Critics will meet on Wednesday, May 30th (this is a change) to discuss Bruiser by Neal Shusterman. Permission slips should be turned in to the media center by homeroom of that morning.

When 16 year old twins Tennyson and Bronte become friends with high school outcast Brewster Rawlins and his little brother Cody, they notice things happening for which there seem to be no explanation. Their experiences ultimately makes them question whether you can feel joy without suffering some pain.

The Cougar Critics will meet on Thursday, March 29th (this is a change from the original date) to discuss Monkey Town by Ronald Kidd. Permission slips should be turned in to the media center by homeroom of that morning.


The Cougar Critics will meet on February 29th to discuss Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. It tells of Nailer, a scavenger on ship wrecks, whose job it is to go in and bring out copper wiring. He discovers a wrecked clipper ship with a lot of valuable scrap and a wealthy young girl aboard. He must decided whether to save the girl or the scrap.


The Cougar Critics will meet on February 1st to discuss Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. It tells the story of Amari, a 15 year old African girl whose family is murdered by by slave hunters. She is taken to Carolina and sold into slavery. Hope is the one thing that keeps Amari going. Join us to discuss this award winning novel.


The next meeting of the Cougar Critics will be on Wednesday, November 16th. We will be discussing Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel.


The Cougar Critics tentative schedule for the next several months is:

December 7th--Gamer Girl by Mari MancusiJanuary 4th--Exodus by Julie BertagnaFebruary 4th--Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Here are some books that the Cougar Critics have previously read and discussed.