Underbrush Book Club (Subscription)

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The Night Ship tells the stories of Mayken and Gil, two children on the same island, but centuries apart. Kidd’s writing pulls us in, showing us the world that she’s building through the characters’ eyes. Heartbreaking, but uplifting, I was left thinking about The Night Ship for days after I finished it." – Dominic

Based on a true story, an epic historical novel from the award-winning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, three hundred years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island

1629: A newly orphaned young girl named Mayken is bound for the Dutch East Indies on the Batavia, one of the greatest ships of the Dutch Golden Age. Curious and mischievous, Mayken spends the long journey going on misadventures above and below the deck, searching for a mythical monster. But the true monsters might be closer than she thinks.

1989: A lonely boy named Gil is sent to live off the coast of Western Australia among the seasonal fishing community where his late mother once resided. There, on the tiny reef-shrouded island, he discovers the story of an infamous shipwreck…

With her trademark “thrilling, mysterious, twisted, but more than anything, beautifully written” (Graham Norton, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling, Jess Kidd weaves “a true work of magic” (V.E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue) about friendship, sacrifice, brutality, and forgiveness.

  • November book pick
  • Book club questions
  • Access to our monthly meeting
  • Underbrush tote-bag (First time members only)

    Boxes will begin shipping on 11/6. The in-person meeting will take place on Monday, December 12th at 6:45 CST at Iron Horse Coffee in Rogers and the virtual meeting will take place remotely Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30 CST.

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