Children's Room Book Club

The Cruisers by Walter Dean MyersThe Cruisers are four students at the Da Vinci Academy for the Gifted and Talented. The official school newspaper is called The Palette, and the masthead is a quote from the assistant principal, which reads "Education is a journey on the high seas of life." 

The Cruisers decide to write an alternative newspaper called The Cruiser to represent the views of the students who are just cruising. One of the students who is just cruising writes an article called "Life on the High C's, or Do We Really Need A's or B's? This made the principals decide the Cruisers need to be given an ultimatum: Work at the level of their potential, or find another school to attend.  The eighth grade is divided into two groups representing the two sides of the Civil War. The Cruisers are put to the task of negotiating peace before war breaks out. It is their last chance to prove themselves.

ReadThe Cruisers by Walter Dean Myers, and find out how 300+ students (10 percent of whom are African-American) deal with the causes of the Civil War and eventually come to an agreement.  The story is told in the first person by Zander Scott and through articles and other writings by the students.

Myers was recently named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.  He has written more than 100 books. The Cruisers is the first in a series about the students at Da Vinci Academy. 

The Children's Book Club meeting to discuss The Cruisers will be held Tuesday, February 7, at 4 p.m.