Will C. Wood Book Club members experience Japanese cuisine at Benihana

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Students in Will C. Wood Middle School’s Book Club participated in a Japanese tea ceremony at Sacramento State and later dined at Benihanas to celebrate completion of the novel “The Sign of the Chrysanthemum” by Katherine Patterson.

The book tells the story of a young man who journeys through medieval Japan in search of his father, whom he believes may be a samurai warrior.

The chefs at Benihanas treated students to an amazing show that included whirling knives, an onion volcano and flying eggs as they cooked and served  hibachi chicken, fried rice and vegetables to their appreciative audience.

The Will C Wood Book Club is a two-year-old club that works in conjunction with Club ASES, an afterschool program, to promote scholarship, learning and fun.

The idea behind the club is to read historical fiction that follows the history curriculum for middle school, paired with a field trip to expand the reading experience. Next up: “The Diary of Lucy Whipple” by Karen Cushman, a young adult novel set during the Gold Rush. That book will be followed by a field trip to Underground Sacramento.