Welcome to the prestigious literary group, the Helen Society, where distinguished individuals come to discuss the most important novels of all time–that is, of course, the young adult fiction books we loved as youngsters and still enjoy today.
The Helen Society was founded in October 2008 when Shauna and Stephanie were having dinner. The conversation turned to how much they loved “Wait Till Helen Comes” by Mary Downing Hahn when they were growing up. They had discussed their love of young adult fiction before, and it suddenly hit them that they should start a book club centered around childhood and adolescent favorites. And to pay homage to the book that started it all, the club was named the Helen Society.
Here’s how it works. One member will choose the book of month. Once a month an official discussion will be held in which all members will chat about the book. Whoever picks the book will be in charge of leading the chat, but everyone should bring questions and comments about the book. At the end of the discussion, the next book will be announced.
Our first book was, of course, “Wait Till Helen Comes” by Mary Downing Hahn. Shauna and Stephanie lead the first discussion. The next book is chosen by another member in the group, rotating which member chooses the book alphabetically by first name.
And that’s the Helen Society! We’re looking forward to reliving and discovering some of our youth with you.
November 16, 2008