Over the last year, TAISM’s High School Book Club members have enjoyed several opportunities to both experience the lives of others and see reflections of themselves in the stories they read. Students have covered three novels with complex and timely themes; including human trafficking, schizophrenia, and Islamophobia. After immersing themselves in the books, students led thought-provoking conversations and discussed their personal and academic observations from the reading.
The culmination of this experience was a virtual author visit with S.K. Ali, an Indian-Canadian author and William C. Morris Award Finalist. Our students read Ali’s young adult novel, Love from A to Z—a story about loss, racism, chronic illness, and human resilience. Ali answered students’ questions about the novel and spoke about her lived experience as a Muslim woman teaching in the Middle East, and how it shaped her life and work. Our students asked truly insightful questions, and we are grateful to Ali for taking the time to speak with our club.
TAISM’s High School Book Club is a wonderful way for students to share their passion for reading while engaging in discussions in a safe and supportive environment.