July Greetings from Your "God Is Still Speaking Youth Group Ministry"

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This month, our Young Adult Books Summer reading club will meet on Tuesday July 3rd, July 17th and July 31st, from 7:00 – 8:30 at the Main branch of the Oak Park Public Library.

At our first meeting on June 9th we had a great time – fun, fellowship, engaging discussion, and of course, tasty snacks!
All Pilgrim youth and friends entering 6th -12th grade in September are welcome to join us and it’s FREE😊.  

Hope to see you at one of our July meetings.  If scheduling doesn’t permit you to make every meeting – that’s okay. We’d love to have you whenever it works for you! 
All we ask is that you please register/RSVP so that we can be sure to have enough space and snacks!  Just send an email to me (Gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org) or sign up directly by clicking here

Here are our next three book selections:

Tuesday, July 3rd – “All We Have Left” by Wendy Mills
A moving portrayal of the before and after of 9/11 and how it affects two teens and their families. Alia is a Muslim teen trying to break free of her parents’ wishes. She ends up at her father’s workplace in the Twin Towers on Sept 11, 2001. Jesse McLaurin is a teenager who lost her brother in the 9/11 tragedy. Jesse’s family is now broken and silent about the event. Alternating narratives tell how the past informs the present, and how grief and memory merge and linger.

Tuesday, July 17th – “Moxie” by Jennifer Mathieu
Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. 
Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Tuesday, July 31st - "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.