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Library to Host Teen Dinner Discussion On Twilight Series

Decorah Public Library still has openings for their evening discussion group for the four-book, “Twilight” series of novels by Stephenie Meyer. The event is Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm at Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park.
When Sep 17, 2008
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where at Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Decorah Public Library still has openings for their evening discussion group for the four-book, “Twilight” series of novels by Stephenie Meyer.  The event is Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm at Whalen Cabin in Phelps Park.  Although pizza and drinks will be provided, participants are welcome to bring along other refreshments as well.

            All four books will be fair game for discussion, including the most recent, Breaking Dawn, which was released August 2nd.   Readers of all ages are welcome.  The first, Twilight, was published in 2005, and by 2007 New Moon  and  Eclipse were out as well.  These first three spent a combined 143 weeks on the N.Y. Times best seller list.  When Breaking Dawn  was released in early August of this year, 1.3 of the 3.7 million copies printed were sold on the first day alone.  Twilight has won numerous honors, the New York Times Editor’s Choice award, the Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, an Amazon.com Best Book of the Decade…So Far, a Teen People “Hot List” pick and the American Library Association “Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults and “Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers.”   It has been translated into 20 languages so far.

            “I just want to finish it so I can get on with my life,” was the comment one young reader made when asked how she liked the series.  Like the Harry Potter books, the series is extremely popular with high school age youth (and sometimes even younger), compelling readers to keep reading chapter after chapter to find out what impossible, alluring or scary thing will happen next. 

Taken as a whole, the series is a story of transformation on many levels.  It follows the unfolding of young Isabella Swan’s life after she meets an unusual young man named Edward Cullen, shortly after moving to the small town of Forks in Washington State.   Thereafter, says a Barnes & Noble synopsis, “her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back. . . .Deeply seductive and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight will have readers riveted right until the very last page is turned.”

            The story itself is fantastical enough, for reasons too good to give away.  What’s more interesting is what it says about how we deal with the concept of “differentness”, and how the most unlikely characters show us the best of what it means to be human.     

Readers of any age are welcome and are asked to sign up in advance for the discussion so adequate refreshments can be available.  Extra copies of the books are available at the library.  For more information and to sign up, contact the library at 382-3717 or email Heidi Swets at youthservices@decorah.lib.ia.us.