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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:00 am

With the sun shining brightly overhead and a crisp breeze blowing, the Ralston High School book club, The Ralston Readers, prepared for an afternoon of fun at Ralston Park on Park Drive on Oct. 16.

The book club was established eight years ago. They meet every other Friday to discuss the books they are reading at the time and plan for future activities like the Oct. 16 adventure in the park.

“I like how we have the chance to learn about what people are reading and to get an idea about new books that are coming out,” Ralston senior Rachel Hauxwell said. “It’s nice to have an opportunity to talk in a small group with friends I otherwise wouldn’t be able to see.”

In honor of Teen Read Week, The Ralston Readers decided to get together with the middle school’s book club, the Lunch Bunch, to play the classic game of excitement and field strategy: capture the flag.

Capture the flag appears in several young adult novels including “Divergent” by Veronica Roth and “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan. The book club conducts one activity every month, and it was the club officers’ idea to invite the middle school book club for a friendly game in the park.

The 22 young adults were divided into two teams, Team Divergent and Team Lightning Thief.

At the sound of a first whistle, they each raced to hide their flags on their respective sides of the park.

At the next whistle blast, the game began.

Little time was wasted strategizing — both teams went for a more aggressive approach.

In an attempt to seize their opponent’s flag, the teens sneaked around the border line that divided the imaginary arena, trying not to get tagged.

Both teams had a difficult time finding the flags, as they were hidden extremely well. When the referee of the afternoon, RHS librarian Ashley Sander, announced that no one could be tagged for two minutes, the kids went on all-out assaults in search of one another’s flags.

After an intense 45-minute battle, “Team Divergent” emerged victorious. The afternoon came to a close with a popcorn-and-apple cider armistice.

The two clubs plan to meet again at Aksarben Cinema on Nov. 22 to see “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on its opening night.

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