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Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai was recommended by one club member that got it as a Christmas present.  I was worried about doing a book about such a heavy subject - a family fleeing Afghanistan and the Taliban loses their six year-old daughter and Fadi, her eleven year-old brother believes it is his fault.  In this book you feel...
About the Book... Anticipating the Forest of Reading's Silver Birch Awards, we selected Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch as our next book.  I was surprised that the girls chose this book over all the other nominees, but I remember my own obsession with the Holocaust around that 11/12 year-old age.  And having a book told from the perspective of...
About the Book... If your kid is as obsessed with fairy tales as my two are, then they should love The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer.  We read this book for the first meeting of the Rapid Readers group for my younger daughter and her friends (Grades 6 & 7) in September.  What We Did... I set the scene with fairy...
About the Book... As 22 is my lucky number, it seems fitting that Book #22 was one of my most favourite books so far.  The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is an amazing tale of two twelve-year-olds caught in a dying community, trying to find a way out.  It was the perfect reading level for our club, the perfect ...
Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander is an older book that one of our members had been introduced by her mother and loved it.  First published in 1963, the story stays timeless because it goes through time itself.  Jason's cat Gareth, confides that although he doesn't have nine live he can visit nine different lives of his choosing though out...
About the Book... Margaret and the Moth Tree is a wonderful little tale about an orphan girl who finds the strength to stand up for injustice by listening to the smallest of voices.  A more dramatic way to introduce the book would be to watch the following book trailer that was written, directed, filmed and acted in by my daughters...
Savvy by Ingrid Law was a book my daughter wanted from the Scholastic catalogue because she thought it looked interesting.  It took a couple of meetings for it to be voted in to read in the book club, and I'm not sure why.  Was it because the fantastical adventures were happening to an adolescent girl instead of a boy? ...
Spring may be eluding us for a bit (snow in April?!), but I can feel the shift in the air. I'm itching to plant some seeds and watch for the first green shoots pushing up to start my garden. I want to get on my bike and explore the world from outside my car again. And I want to...
Crossing to Freedom is a story of courage and determination told from the eyes of a child who escapes slavery using the underground railroad. He has to leave his grandfather behind in order to survive and search for his father. This book is a great tool for teaching about the Underground Railroad or Black History Month.  My daughter's Grade 7 teacher used...
 There seems to be a time during the tween and teenage years where kids obsess on reading about war, whether historical or futuristic.  In Grade 6, the Book Club immediately gravitated to Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch.  In Grade 8, it was Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.  Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Divergent are all popular novels (and movies) about dystopian...

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