Silicon Valley Reads 2021 - offers a variety of books centered on the theme “Connecting” – the universal human ability to build resilience by looking for people, places and things that provide comfort and joy during tough times.
We invite you to explore this and other themes in a one hour discussion of The Sun is Also a star, by Nicola Yoon selected for the Silicon Valley Reads TEEN book selection.
This book begins when two teens from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds meet in New York CIty.
"Natasha is a Jamaican born illegal immigrant facing deportation because of the mistakes of her father. Her family may be resigned to leaving New York, but Natasha is willing to fight tooth and nail to stay in the only home
she knows. Daniel is an American citizen born to South Korean immigrant parents. He is balancing the weight of his parents’ expectations and demands while having dreams and ideas far different of those of his parents. Both teens are struggling with what they want from life and the direction in which life seems to be pushing them. Daniel is a strong believer in love at first sight, that love can overcome anything, but Natasha knows love is only governed by chemicals and science and has no place in her life. After their first fateful meeting Daniel is determined to have Natasha fall in love with him, scientifically using a list of questions thought to create love.
But even if Daniel’s plan works, how can love stand against the wills of their parents, federal deportation laws, and the casual racism of the world? Daniel and Natasha discuss issues that they have never told anyone before
and form a bond that will test fate—if you believe in it. Set in New York City and told over the course of one day, The Sun is also a Star exhibits themes of family duty and dynamics, immigration and deportation, love, racism, goals and ambitions, and fate vs. choice." -- State Library of Louisiana's Discussion Guide.
Nicola Yoon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. Both her novels have been made into major motion pictures. Nicola grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, NY.
Registration Details: Participants must be 10 years old at the time of the first class for this program.
Note: Several book clubs will be discussing this title, so try to get your copy to read well in advance of the book discussion date.
After you register, you will receive a required form to let us know your name(s) and age(s) to confirm your acceptance of the registration and to help us customize our program further. When we receive that information, we will send you the link to the Zoom meeting..
Registration limit: Up to 20 participants may sign up.
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