|Click here for the resource guide|
Here is the Booklist review from when it first came out:
The Berwyn Reads committee picked this books for many reasons. First, it is a YA book with appeal to adults which means we can get more of the community to read and discuss the book since it is at the reading level of a higher percentage of people. Second, we have a high spanish speaking population with many people enrolled in our ESL classes, and this book was available in english, spanish and literacy versions. Third, with our high Mexican immigrant population, this is a high interest title. And finally, our community partners felt they could work with the novel to create programming.
If you click here you can access the excellent resource guide (thanks to our fearless leader Kathy for the strong RA work here). Inside you will find information about the author, the book, readalikes, and lists of programming. We are even hosting what will be a provocative immigration debate.
Many towns do "one city, one book" programs, but what I really like about Berwyn's program is how well we get the entire community involved. Every single freshman at Morton West High School will be reading this novel, and the 16th Street Theater is doing this:
We want you!In Fall 2011 16th Street Theater joins the Berwyn Library in leading a community wide artistic exploration of the Berwyn Reads book of the year, Parrot In The Oven by Victor Martinez.Additional community partners include Morton High School, Gallery 16, and the North Berwyn Park District.
During the fall, community groups from across Berwyn will read and discuss Parrot in the Oven and, with the aid of a professional teaching artist, create a performance piece that brings each chapter of the book to life.
The project will culminate in a community performance at FitzGerald’s on Sat, Nov 5th at 12:00 pm.This is just a sampling of what we have planned. It will truly become a community experience. We have purchased hundreds of copies of the novel and welcome anyone, from anywhere to stop by and check out a copy. Read it and consider joining us.