Teen Book Club
October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Award Winning Books
For 2020, each month we will read the winner of a different teen book award. At book club, we will discuss the book and the award and do an activity related to the book. All are welcome, even if you haven’t finished or even started the book!
For October the book award is the Bram Stoker Award and the winning book we will be reading is Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. For our activity we will watch turn regular dolls into zombie dolls.
Bram Stoker Award
Each year, the Horror Writer’s Association presents the Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, named in honor of Bram Stoker, author of the seminal horror work, Dracula.
Dread Nation was a 2018 nominee for the Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel Bram Stoker Award.
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.
But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.