Saturday 30 April 2022
The Reading Club for Teens is very excited to meet again in April, facilitated by writer Stella Kasdagli.
The book we will be reading together this month is The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
30 club members aged 12 to 16 will meet online on Saturday, April 30, at 13:00, in order to discover more worlds that are waiting to be conjured by the readers themselves, i.e. us.
Don't worry if you haven't read the entire book, or if you didn't join our previous meeting: either way, Stella will be giving the cue each month, announcing the book that we will all be reading together over the weeks to follow. At the end of the month, the group of people who have read the book (or at least half of it) will be meeting to exchange thoughts, impressions, feelings and concerns, triggered by what we have just read, whether we liked it a lot or not so much.
A few words about the book for April:
The War That Saved My Life tells the moving story of a brave girl during World War II. Overcoming the hardships of everyday life, Ada and her little brother escape to the British countryside. There, she starts a new life that begins with learning the self-evident: that she has equal rights with the other children of her age. At the same time, the two siblings develop a strong relationship with Susan Smith, the woman who takes them under her wing. Will their relationship prove strong enough to keep them together, despite the war and the circumstances that threaten to drive them apart?
The book has received many distinctions and was #1 New York Times Bestseller and one of Publisher's Weekly and Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2015. It was translated into Greek by Stella herself, so she will have plenty to tell you about that too!
A few more words about Stella:
Stella Kasdagli is a writer, translator, co-founder of the nonprofit “Women on Top” and an educator of teenagers and adults. She graduated (God knows how) from the French Literature department of the University of Athens and then studied Media Theory in London. She worked for several years as Editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan magazine, while also writing pieces for several other Greek and English-language sites and publications. Currently, she is designing and implementing activities that empower women, writing about issues that she believes should be discussed more, translating foreign-language literature, and facilitating workshops for teenagers on the subjects of body image, internet, and social change. She is also co-founder of the Mentorkids network and the online reading club Bookworm. She has written the following books (in Greek): Tummy.com; I only wanted to fit in; 30 women who changed the world (and how you can change it too); and the Princess Athena series. She has two daughters and is growing up with them in Athens.
Saturday 30/04 | 13.00 - 14.30
For boys and girls aged 12-16
Free participation via online pre-registration
Pre-registration starts on Friday 01/04, at 12.00
The first 30 to sing up through the link they will receive will be enrolled
Anyone reserving a seat at the Book Club is required to have read the book of the month (or at least half of it).
The Greek edition of The War That Saved My Life is available from Papadopoulos Publishing.
As part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center's collaboration with the National Library of Greece, the book for December's Reading Club has been chosen by NLG staff members.