Book Club


Students will read, discuss, analyze, and produce written reviews of the top 5 books on the NY Times Best Seller’s list. There are fully interactive online stimulating zoom book review sessions hosted in small group settings! Written responses will receive comments and feedback from Kweller Prep Instructors. Tuition includes hard copies of the books.

Kweller Prep Book Club

July 7, 2020 – August 6, 2020

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Session Options:


Course Times:

Grades 8 and 9: 5PM – 7PM
Grades 10, 11 and 12: 7PM – 9PM

Course Dates:

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Book Club Moderator:


We will read and review the following top 5 NY Times Best Sellers:

Week 1

Students will read, review, analyze, and group comment on UNTAMED, written by Glennon Doyle. This book is about an activist and public speaker who describes her journey of listening to her inner voice.

Week 2

Students will read, review, analyze, and group comment on BECOMING written by Michelle Obama. This book is about the former first lady’s long-awaited new memoir which recounts with insight, candor and wit her family’s trajectory from the Jim Crow South to Chicago’s South Side and her own improbable journey from there to the White House.

Week 3

Students will read, review, analyze, and group comment on The Mamba Mentality by Kobe BryantMelcher/MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Various skills and techniques used on the court by the late Los Angeles Lakers player.

Week 4

Students will read, review, analyze, and group comment on THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE. A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

Week 5

Students will read, review, analyze, and group comment on ‘Educated,’ by Tara Westover. This book was selected as one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018. Westover describes showing up in college with no schooling at all. The basics are these: Now in her early 30s, she was the youngest of seven in a survivalist family in the shadow of a mountain in a Mormon pocket of southeastern Idaho. Read more here.

Book Club Moderator: Asheley

Kweller Prep Tutor Asheley

ASHELEY recently graduated from Harvard University’s Master’s Program in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (virtually! on May 28, 2020). Her coursework included: Education Entrepreneurship, Managing Finances for Non-Profit Organizations, Urban Policy-making, Quantitative Analysis, Economic Analysis, and other classes related to making public resources and education more equitable. During Asheley’s first year at Harvard, she served as Chair of the school’s annual Youth Leadership Conference (YLC), which brings approximately 100 under-served Boston-area high school students to campus for a full day of leadership workshops. In her second year, she is now a student coordinator of the Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC), which brings 75 undergraduate students from under-served and underrepresented backgrounds across the US to the Harvard Kennedy School for a free weekend of public policy activities. Prior to Harvard, Asheley graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, on a full academic scholarship. There, she maintained a 3.9/4.0 GPA. Her Macaulay scholarship included a free Macbook Pro, a free 2-year Manhattan dorm, $7,500 for study abroad opportunities, priority class registration times and many other rewarding perks. Asheley double majored in psychology and sociology and made the Dean’s List each semester. During her time at Hunter, she interned with a non-profit organization, Generation Citizen, which works towards empowering youth to become more active and engaged community “change-makers”. Additionally, she was the Director of Macaulay’s SPARK (Students Partnering and Reaching Kids), an organization that leads self-esteem building for children in low-income neighborhoods. Asheley graduated from the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (QHSSYC), one of the highest ranked specialized high schools in New York. At QHSSYC, she took AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, and AP English Language and Composition. Furthermore, she was the editor-in-chief of her school’s award-winning yearbook and was involved in the Book Club, Volleyball Club, and the Environmental Conservation Organization. Asheley has a long, wonderful history at Kweller Prep. She served as an intern at only 17-years-old and then became a tutor who worked here all throughout college while at Macaulay and during winter and summer recess from Harvard. We are fortunate to add that Asheley chose to work at Kweller Prep for one full year during her Gap Year prior to starting Harvard Grad. At that time, she also worked a second job with the in the outreach sector of the NYC Department of Education (Kweller was her job #1). Asheley grew with the company, teaching a dozen different classes throughout the years. She is an experienced SHSAT, Hunter College High School Entrance Exam, TACHS Catholic high school entrance exam, ISEE, ERB, WrAP tests and Common Core state exam instructor. Asheley has also successfully worked with high school students to prepare them with their college applications. When not teaching at Kweller Prep, Asheley enjoys shopping on Austin Street, going to the gym, and playing with Goldie, the Kweller Prep mascot.


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