Sunday, February 23, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.,

Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, UI REACH

Presenter: Nicole Amato, Doctoral Student, Language, Literacy and Culture

You are invited to participate in our College of Education’s Young Adult Literature Book Club. We will be meeting once a month on Sunday afternoons to discuss a new book. Within this book club you will also have an opportunity to be part of a research study about reader response to literature, specifically how readers construct understandings of gender, sexuality, body, and feminist values. Participation in the study is not required to be part of the book club; however, I do hope you will consider contributing to the research! Participation in the study requires no additional work beyond the normal expectations of the book club. 

Book Summary:

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been. When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court. However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her. You can read more about the book here.

Content Warning: 

This semester’s book selections center themes of sexual trauma and assault. Book club sessions will always be held in private and enclosed spaces. Safety, confidentiality, and wellness will be prioritized before, during, and after each session. Please reach out to with any questions and concerns. 

Additional Notes: 

The first 10 students to register for the session will be eligible to get a free book. We have ten free copies of each book at the N110 help desk (N110 LC). Once you have registered for the book club session, then you are welcome to come by the Teacher Leader Center to pick up your free copy. Otherwise, register as required by the TLC for certificate hours. 

Books are also available at the University Library, Iowa City Public Library, Prairie Lights, and Amazon.

If you register for the workshop and don’t attend our book club meeting, we will charge your UBill for the cost of the book and refreshments (~$20.00). This includes last minute calls that you are sick.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.