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CRLiterature Book Club Journal Header by inknalcohol

YOU SURVIVED! Go you! DOWN A DARK HALL is pretty spooky, and I know I wouldn't want to be stuck in that creepy old house with the needy ghosties.

Duncandownadarkhall by PinkyMcCoversong

Did I say ghosties? Whoops. Yeah, this is a spoilerific journal. So if you haven't finished the book yet, RUN. But, you know, come back when you're ready to discuss.

BlackCindyChillBookNinja by PinkyMcCoversong

Question 1

So in the second half of DOWN A DARK HALL, you finally find out why everyone has been selected for this elite, four-girl school in the middle of nowhere: ESP and paranormal experiences! While Kit is totally not into being possessed in order to record dead guys' unwritten works, some of the other girls embrace it. Sandy is apparently channelling a Bronte, and Lynda has become a prodigious painter (though, being portrayed as fairly dim-witted, it's hard to say whether she understands her situation at all). How do you think you would feel about this, if it happened to you?

PennsatuckyISeeThings by PinkyMcCoversong

Question 2

Kit is definitely the hero of the story -- she has the most agency, she has insights others don't, and she's ready to thwart evil whatever it takes.  But what about Jules? Portrayed as the sexy possible love interest, he is part of the conspiracy to find and keep the girls trapped at the school. When he finds out about what happened at his mother's other schools, however, he takes the girls' side to help get them to safety. Does that make him a hero? Or is he still a villain for being in on the plot from the beginning? And do you think the author did a good job with this character and his possible duality?

ChapmanBitchesGotsTaLearn by PinkyMcCoversong

Question 3

Madame Duret claims that, morally, she is actually doing the right thing with the girls—what are a few teenage lives in trade for the unfinished works of history's greatest artists?  How do you feel about Madame Duret's ethical standpoint? Or Jules', before he finds out about the previous schools?

MaritzaBitchYouWereBornIn92 by PinkyMcCoversong

Question 4

If you had the powers that the girls in DOWN A DARK HALL have, which girl do you think you'd be most like? Would you be okay with being possessed for the sake of art? 

BlackCindyExpandYourHorizons by PinkyMcCoversong

Activity Time!

Choice of two activities to win extra points toward the prizes:
1. Create an erasure poem using a page from Down a Dark Hall. If you want to learn more about erasure, check out this tutorial.
2. Since July is Flash-Fic-Month write a piece of flash, up to 500 words, about being possessed by an artist. You have until July 15!

PennsatuckyPotatoWithEyes by PinkyMcCoversong

Oh, did I mention prizes?

I'm wicked excited about the prizes this month. Thanks to Penguin Random House, The winner for this month will receive a copy of BE NOT AFRAIDby Cecelia Galante and SURVIVE THE NIGHT by Danielle Vega -- both excellent thrillers by amazing authors, brand new for summer 2015!

Galantebenotafraid by PinkyMcCoversong     Vegasurvivethenight by PinkyMcCoversong
Random House BYR, April 2015 / Penguin Razorbill, July 2015

To win prizes, comment on the book club journals and participate in discussions and activities related to the book of the month. The person who contributes the most to the discussions wins the prizes! You have until July 15.

Thanks for participating! And be sure to check in with CRLiterature and DrippingWords for July's book club! We'll be reading ORYX AND CRAKE, the first book in the MadAddam series by one of dA's favorite writers, Margaret Atwood!

See you soon!

xo:iconpinkymccoversong: PinkyMcCoversong 

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