By ALEX MEDINA
BOYLE HEIGHTS — A group of mothers circle around a table at a Boyle Heights high school, but they aren’t there to talk about their children’s grades. Instead, you can find these mothers engaged in an in-depth conversation about a book, going around sharing ideas and drawing conclusions from the text.
The books these parents read are ones you’d typically find in the hands of high schoolers, such as Rain of Gold by Victor Villaseñor or One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. By doing so, parents are taking cues from their children and experiencing the wonders of literature themselves. The Parent Book Club at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School started six years ago when Principal Maria Torres-Flores brought the idea to parents.
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