Read Rave Rant – June Book

By Laura Kraus, Youth Services Librarian, and Lacee Sowell, Marketing Specialist

Please note: the Read Rave Rant discussions are currently for TEENS ONLY. Please check back in the coming months for potential adult discussions.

darkest mindsWelcome to our June Read Rave Rant book introduction post! We are happy to have you here and hope you enjoy this online reading club!

To kick off the start of summer, we’ll be reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (soon to be major motion picture, August 2018).

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living. Summary taken from

We’ll be discussing this book starting June 16th and finish it up by the end of June. Every Saturday, we will make a new blog post about our thoughts and a few questions about what happened in the chapters that we read the previous week.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Read Chapters 1 – 10 to prepare for our first discussion on the 16th. We can continue to talk about these chapters during the week to give you time to catch up if you’ve got other stuff going on.
  • Read chapters 11 – 21 and we’ll discuss starting June 23rd
  • Read chapters 22 – 31 and we’ll discuss starting the 30th

The June and July Read Rave Rants count towards our Teen Summer Reading Program! You can earn an extra prize per book that you participate in the discussion for (don’t forget to log that you read the book too). If you are not yet registered for our SRP, you can do so here. You do NOT have to participate in SRP to join in the discussions.

Don’t forget to claim your prize at the end of the month for participating! Email Laura at and she’ll send you an email back proving you participated. Prize must be picked up at the library building (or Annex).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly through the blog using the contact form, or comment your question below. Be sure to read the rules before joining in the discussions!

Will you be joining in on this discussion? Comment below and say hi if you’ll be jumping into this book and discussion!

Check out the trailer for the movie coming in August, 2018!

lauraLaura is the BSBL Youth Librarian and can most often be found at her desk if she’s not doing a program. Her favorite books are Pete the Cat, The Egypt Game, and Elephant and Piggie. Her favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jane Yolen, and Cynthia Rylant. Her favorite library related things are all the fun #bookface posts! Outside of work, Laura enjoys hanging out with her son at the zoo, park, or library, knitting, drawing graphic novels, making jewelry, cross stitch, sewing, and writing, but she is usually reading chapter books, graphic novels, and some YA! She loves nature (especially birds) and creative reuse.


laceeLacee is the Marketing Specialist and Outreach Coordinator. She can most often be found hiding behind her desk in the office corner, on the library’s social media pages or out in the community doing outreach. She is a MASSIVE fangirl of Elizabeth Hunter (seriously, most staff members can tell you massive is probably an understatement) and loves the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games trilogy, the Caraval books, and the Red Queen series–she’s super excited for War Storm. Nine times out of ten she can be found reading a YA novel and enjoys most genres. When she’s not working, Lacee enjoys writing and reading, crafting, photography, binge watching TV shows (right now mostly k-dramas), listening to music (her favorite is kpop), vacationing at the beach, cuddling up with her fur babies (anyone want a kitten?) and husband, but mostly sleeping.

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