• Breakfast Book Club 

    The Breakfast Book Club is excited to be in its 19th year and invites newcomers and returning members to join us in reading. As always, bagels or donuts will be served.

    The BBC, led by Ms. Burgess and Ms. Swenson, welcomes students of all ages. The club provides students with an opportunity to read and talk about books simply for the joy of it! In addition, students are able to begin building their personal libraries because the BBC gives each student their own copy of the books we read. In past years, over 100 students have participated in book club each quarter and the numbers continue to grow. Our funds will allow us to read four books this year; the first book choice was announced at our September meeting. 

    Our experiences and surveys have shown that the power of actually giving a student a book (a book they can keep!), a bagel (or donut) and a place to talk about their ideas improves student engagement in reading and their sense of belonging at EHS.  We'd like to continue the giving part. If you would like to send a monetary contribution, please address it to Sara Swenson, EHS Library/Media Center.


    Ms. Burgess

    Ms. Swenson

    2020-2021 Titles

    • The Kids Are Gonna Ask  by Gretchen Anthony (author video chat!)
    • The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell'Antonia (author video chat!)
    • Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore (author video chat!)
    • Historically Inaccurate by Shay Bravo (author video chat!)
    Other titles will be revealed as the year goes along  

    Previous Years Titles 

    2019-2020 TItles

    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Various titles by A.S. King (author video chat!)
    • Born A Crime by Trevor Noah
    • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
    • As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti (author video chat!)

    2018-2019 Titles

    • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
    • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (author video chat!)
    • The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
    • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

    2017-2018 Titles

    • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
    • Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia (author visit!)
    • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
    • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (author video chat!)

    2016-2017 Titles

    • If At Birth You Don't Succeed by Zach Anner
    • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
    • The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes (author video chat!)
    • Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (author video chat!)

    2015-2016 Titles

    • The Martian by Andrew Weir (field trip to see the movie with our PLTW friends)
    • The First Fifteen Lives of Henry August by Claire North
    • In the Heart of Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Descent by Tim Johnston 

    2014-2015 Titles

    • The Answer to the Riddle is Me by David Stuart Maclean (author video chat!)
    • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
    • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (author phone chat!)
    • The Circle by Dave Eggers

    2013-2014 Titles 

    • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (author video chat!)
    • The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro (author video chat!)
    • The Good Soldiers by David Finkel (author video chat!)
    • The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma   

    2012-2013 Titles  

    • Where’d you Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    • Canada by Richard Ford (discussion with Dr. Ric Dressen, Supt.)
    • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
    • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

    2011-2012 Titles 

    • The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
    • Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye (author visit!)
    • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
    • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

    2010-2011 Titles 

    • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
    • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    • Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann
    • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

    2009-2010 Titles 

    • The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
    • (An Edina Reads selection and author visit to EHS)
    • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
    • Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

    2008-2009 Titles 

    • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
      This book was also an Edina Reads selection and in October, 30 book clubbers joined 30 community members to hear Ms. Fuller speak. Thanks to the Edina Community Foundation for their financial support!)
    • Undiscovered Country by Lin Enger
    • What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
    • Marley and Me by John Grogan
    • What Now by Ann Patchett

    2007-2008 Titles 

    • Until They Bring the Streetcars Back by Stanley Gordon West (Author visit!)
    • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    • Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
    • The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
    • Falling Boy by Alison McGhee

    2006-2007 Titles 

    • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde
    • A Student of Living Things by Susan Richards Shreve
    • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    • Grayson by Lynne Cox
    • Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich

    2005-2006 Titles 

    • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
    • The Devil In the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
    • Yeh Yeh's House: A Memoir by Evelina Chao (Author visit)
    • On April 19, 2006 Book Clubbers participated an in-school field trip, an author visit with Evelina Chao. Ms. Chao spoke about her book, what it means to be a writer and what she looks for in a "good book." Students were also treated to a viola performance.

    • Book Clubbers who read The Kite Runner last spring heard author Khaled Hosseini speak on December 1st, 2005. This unique opportunity was part of the Edina Reads (one community, one book) program. Thanks to the Edina Community Foundation for funding this trip.

    2004-2005 Titles 

    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
    • Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All American Meal by Eric Schlosser
    • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

    2003-2004 Titles 

    • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
    • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
    • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    • 9 of 1: A Window to the World by Oliver Chin

    2002-2003 Titles

    • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    • Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
    • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
    • The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
    • Step From Heaven by An Na

    2001-2002 Titles

    • The Heart of the Old Country by Tim McLoughlin
    • Getting In by James Finney Boylan 
    • A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher
    • It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong
    • In These Girls, Hope Is A Muscle by Madeleine Blais
    • The Simpson's and Philosophy: The D'oh of Homer by William Irwin, Mark Conrad and Aeon Skoble
    • Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Berniers 

    Additional information about the EHS Breakfast Book Club

    The Breakfast Book Club is the focus of the 2006 book Reading for Themselves: How to Transform Adolescents into Life Long Readers Through Out-of-Class Book Clubs by Deborah Appleman, instructor at Carleton College.

    Handout from NCTE 2003 San Francisco presentation (for teachers and librarians)

    Article about school book clubs--including BBC--published in Education World

    EHS Library/Media Center