Book Groups – Please Get Your Book

If you are reading Slaughterhouse Five or Running with Scissors you will be responsible for getting your own copy.  We will start reading these books next week.


Last “All The Light We Cannot See” Book Discussion

Our last book discussion will be on Thursday the 27th. Here are some things I would like you to think about for that conversation:

    1. The narration moves back and forth both in time and between different characters. How did this affect your reading experience? How do you think the experience would have been different if the story had been told entirely in chronological order?
        2. When Werner and Jutta first hear the Frenchman on the radio, he concludes his broadcast by saying

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever”

              (pages 48–49), and Werner recalls these words throughout the book (pages 86, 264, and 409). How do you think this phrase relates to the overall message of the story? How does it relate to Madame Manec’s question: “Don’t you want to be alive before you die?” (page 270)?
                3. Reread Madame Manec’s boiling frog analogy on page 284. Etienne later asks Marie-Laure, “Who was supposed to be the frog? Her? Or the Germans?” (page 328) Who did you think Madame Manec meant? Could it have been someone other than herself or the Germans? What does it say about Etienne that he doesn’t consider himself to be the frog?
                  4. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a Russian writer,
                once wrote that “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.”

All the Light We Cannot See

                is filled with examples of human nature at its best and worst. Discuss the themes of good versus evil throughout the story. How do they drive each other? What do you think are the ultimate lessons that these characters and the resolution of their stories teach us?
                5. What do you think are the themes of this book? Who was your favorite character?




Quick Write – Eng. 1




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Book Group Sign-up

Sign-up for your next book group on the shared Google Doc.


Next All The Light We Cannot See Book Group

Read to part eight (pg. 373) for Monday’s discussion.


Final “The Giver” Book Club Meeting

It’s been fun and interesting. We will wrap-up “The Giver” on Monday and watch the movie version on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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English for Thursday (B and C)

BTW, I do realize this is challenging work, but I know you can do it. Practice reading and writing is the key to getting better – even if it is painful and lousy at first.


Friday, Nov. 4th “Of Mice and Men” at SLT

If you would like to go see
 Of Mice and Men at SLT as a group on Friday, Nov. 4th, let Mrs. Frye know.  We could go to dinner first. I will order a block of tickets if enough people would like to go.  Tickets are $17, but could be $15 if we have a group of ten or more.

Of Mice and Men is a moving study of the character of two roving farmhands, George Milton and his friend Lennie Small, gigantic in stature, well-meaning, but with limited mental capacity.  They share a dream of settling down on their own ranch, a dream that seems all the more tempting for its impossibility.  The well-known drama is a powerful slice of depression life that brings us up close and personal to a patchwork of emotions, hopes and fears that compel Steinbeck’s characters onwards, however doomed their journey.

To purchase tickets, call The Landers Theatre Box Office
at (417) 869-1334 or click here to order online.



GEORGE Eli Cunningham
LENNIE Daniel Bush
CURLEY’S WIFE Corrine Gilmore
SLIM Joe Kuntz
CANDY Dave Logan
CROOKS Derrick Devon King
Curley Charlie Stebbins
CARLSON John Johnson
WHIT Josh Mattix
BOSS Rick Giesen

For the complete cast, please click here.


Of Mice and Men is rated PG13


  • Adult $17.00 – $28.00
  • Senior (62+)/Student/Military $17.00 – $26.00
  • Children (ages 12 and under) $12.00 – $17.00
  • Groups 10+ $15.00 – $28.00




Group A Books

We will read one or two of the following books as a  book club style group(s) beginning next week.  Please read the synopsis of each book and be prepared to vote on Tuesday.  Each person will get a 1st and 2nd book choice.

Doll Bones

The Crossover

Shadow and Bone


Reading in “All The Light We Cannot See”

For Monday the 17th read from part 6 to part 8 (page 373).