What if all of Malden read the same book?

2016 – “The Martian” by Andy Weir

themartian“The Martian” by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is a mechanical engineer, botanist, astronaut and modern-day MacGyver. And it’s a good thing, because during a mission to Mars, a dust storm forces the crew to abort the trip and Watney is left behind, assumed to be dead.

What follows is an adventure story set in space, with Watney using every available resource to reconnect with civilization and return home. Told with surprising humor and relentless positivity, this is techno sci-fi at its best, with astronaut-approved scientific detail underpinning a very human story of a pioneer on a knife-edge between life and death. This year The Martian will make you laugh and think while keeping you on the edge of your seat.

The 2016 program explored topics of space exploration, scientific progress, international and cross-cultural collaboration and the timeless story of human survival in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

2016 Companion Books:

  • “Cosmic” by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Grades 6–8.
  • “Welcome to Mars: Making a home on the red planet” by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne J. Dyson. Gr. 3–8.
  • “You are the First Kid on Mars” by Patrick O’brien. Grades 1-4.
  • “Mars: Worst Case Scenario” by Hena Kahn and David Borgenicht. Grades 4, 5.
  • “Mousetronaut Goes to Mars” by Mark Kelly and C.F. Payne. K to Grade 3.
  • “The Way Back Home” by Oliver Jeffers. K to Grade 2.
  • “Roaring Rockets” by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker. Pre-K.
  • “Looking Down” by Steve Jenkins. Pre-K to Grade 3.

2016 Program Highlights:
Highlights of the 2016 program (February – June) included a multicultural family night at Boda Borg, (Malden’s hugely popular “questing venue), “Sunset, Storytelling and Stargazing” on Waitt’s Mount, and a special screening of the documentary film “My Life in China” followed by a discussion with the local filmmaker. There were special arts and crafts activities for children, ELL reading circles, and a variety of book discussions, film screening and community dinners at local restaurants.

Click here to see the detailed list of companion books for 2016.
Click here to download the full Calendar of Events brochure for 2016.


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Upcoming Events:

  • Dinner: Ristorante Serena February 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Ristorante Serena, 18 Lebanon St, Malden, MA 02148, USA Family owned and operated, featuring classical Italian fine dining from the regionof Calabri. As part of the Community Dinner series, Malden Reads invites you to join us at this fine local restaurant to enjoy great food with other Malden Reads enthusiasts, and support local businesses. We also encourageconversation about the themes from this year’s book and will…
  • Film: Fruitvale Station March 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Malden Public Library, 36 Salem St, Malden, MA 02148, USA The life and death of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American who wasshot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on the Fruitvale BART Stationplatform early on New Year’s Day, 2009, is told in this dramatized 2013 film. This real life story prompted author Angie Thomas to write "The Hate U Give."

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