The book club is currently reading, Middle School, Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson. They just started it Feb. 22 and are meeting with kids every Tuesday and Thursday. The balloon fight in the book was reenacted in an attempt to get the kids to connect with each other and the experience described in the book.
They are also reading The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen. In the book the main character, a high school track star, loses her leg in a bus accident. After the accident she befriends a student that is in a wheelchair. Wheeler and Salvato plan to have a reception for two middle school students that won medals for special Olympics as a way of connecting with the theme of overcoming adversity found in the book.