October means Halloween, and Halloween means something thematic (monsters, anyone?) for HYP book club. “My Favorite Thing is Monsters” is a graphic novel by Emil Ferris. In it, 10-year-old Karen Reyes scrawls B-movie horror images while she attempts to solve the murder of her mysterious upstairs neighbor, a holocaust survivor. In the course of her inquiry, the reader learns about her neighbor’s life in Nazi Germany. As this investigation unfolds, we begin to see how the lives around her are interconnected, in addition to the past and the present.
Two programming notes – Amazon lists a second book with additional content, but we’ll only be reading the first book (hence the Book 1 in the title). In keeping with the Halloween theme, we’ll be at a ‘mystery location’, and the address will be sent to those who RSVP. Please RSVP and/or send questions to Joe Foner at firstname.lastname@example.org.