Seekers by Erin Hunter was our last book before the summer of our first full year. It was well-timed because the story is about three kinds of bears finding their way by using the North Star. Of course the story included much more, but this part was nice since I found make-your-own star charts that each kid could stargaze with on those warm summer nights: (http://www.skyandtelescope.com/letsgo/familyfun/Make_a_Star_Wheel.html)
Of course, we made the star wheels at the end of the meeting – otherwise we probably wouldn’t have done anything else! I could not find many discussion questions on the web for this book – Erin Hunter’s other Warrior series had a much more robust website. So I started with our character discussions of the three main bears – Kallik (the female polar bear cub dealing with the ice melting too early and quickly), Lusa (the female black bear cub living in the zoo and wanting to see the wild), and Toklo (the male grizzly bear cub trying to find salmon to survive). We also talked around the table about times when they were lost, had a meaningful dream, or had a scary incident happen to them (in the book, the bear cubs get estranged from their mothers in some fashion or another).
The Seekers website at http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrens/kids/gamesandcontests/features/seekerbears/extras.aspx did have a couple quizzes I used – one quiz about the book (I made it into a word document at Seekers Quiz) and one about which bear you are most like (I printed this straight from the website. If you are ever at a loss of what to do for your book club, just find an online quiz for the book and print it out – kids love to show what they know (especially if there are other kids doing it too!).
I also pulled together some information about the North Star, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor – translated to Big Bear and Little Bear and also known as the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. I took info from various websites just to give the kids some reference points for the star finder craft (Seekers – North Star).
The final part of the meeting was to thank the kids for sticking with the book club all year and ensure that they would do some reading over the summer. I made up thank you cards () and gave them each a bookmark (SUMMER BOOK READ Bookmarks). The bookmark has space to write details about the book so they could easily remember when they reported back at our next meeting in the fall. It was sad to finish up, but I was looking forward to seeing what each one picked as their own favourite reads over the summer!