Through the NOAA Planet Stewards Grant, two dystopian novels were purchased for Junior High book clubs. The first novel, Watershed by HN Deeb, starts today January 10. This book club is being offered virtually to any Junior High student interested through Google Classroom. Currently we have 12 students who are participating. The book club will run for 8 weeks. Each week there will be a reading assigned. Students will then have a discussion forum about what they have read through the virtual platform. The book club will end with a Google Hangout with the author!
Here is some information on the book:
When a single drop of water is worth every drop of blood…
16-year-old Cassie is the best water thief in Los Angeles, but her luck is about to run dry.
Born as water finally ran out in the American West, Cassie doesn’t remember the brutal civil war that followed—only that her parents died in it. Now the tyrannical Judges rule, and their Dowser henchmen would execute Cassie if they caught her.
Just when Cassie’s about to leave that dangerous underworld behind forever, she fills in for an injured (boy)friend on one last job. It goes sideways. Cassie flees for her life.
She finds shelter with a band of nomadic revolutionaries who call themselves the Transcendents. They’re a ragtag bunch: squabbling twin boys, a kindly doctor, a brooding water raider, his bristling lover, and a host of other outcasts who have joined forces on a secret mission to reclaim their world.
As the Transcendent caravan winds across the desert, Cassie is torn between joining their cause and finding a way back home. But her disappearance had a ripple effect she could never have imagined, and larger plots are afoot that will change the country—and her own life—forever.
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Cassie’s post-apocalyptic world is one today’s young adults may live to know. What does climate science predict it really could be like—and how far would you go to survive it? Told from diverse viewpoints with women leading the way, Watershed takes you on a dystopian adventure across a parched land, and will leave you thirsty for more…