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Middle School Book Club

The 2023–2024 St. Ignatius Middle School Book Club will meet on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Lower Level of the Parish Office.  Our first meeting will be on Friday, September 29.


Meetings begin with dinner (typically pizza), to help the group socialize and get settled. We follow dinner with a focused discussion of our chosen book, through the lens of our shared faith. Discussions are led by high school students who have participated in the program previously.

Catholic Social Teaching

Our Book Club is designed around the Catholic Church's Social Teaching Principals. Each session will cover a separate teaching, and our books will correspond to one of the following ideas:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person

  • Rights and Responsibilities/Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

  • Solidarity

  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation

  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

  • Care for God's Creation

Book Club Coordinators

Book Club Goals

Provide opportunities for students in our faith community to get to know one another.
Cultivate a space for reflection,  dialogue, and understanding of different perspectives.
Offer structured opportunities for students to connect  with and learn from each other.

Together, we will explore themes of friendship, immigration, displacement, gender discrimination, racism, social isolation, labor, poverty, care for the environment, and more. Once the students have decided on the book selections, we will share the full list of titles.

Our book selections balance age-appropiate content with topics that will foster thoughtful engagement with challenging issues. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to Jack Stone. 

Our 2022–2023 Book List included:

  • Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

  • The Awakening of Malcom X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson

  • Don't Ask Me Where I Am From by Jennifer De Leon

  • The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

  • Somewhere There Is Still a Sun by Michael Gruenbaum and Todd Hasak-Lowy

  • The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

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