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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...
About the Book... Our school invited author Wesley King to speak to the Grade 7 and 8 students and he was funny, approachable, and humble.  All the kids were engaged and mesmerized by the author of The Vindico and his story of aging super villains that recruit teenagers to take their place in the future.  So when we were deciding...
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... When we were selecting this next book, I was glad we picked this one. The back of the book described a society where everyone was given plastic surgery at 16 to be turned from an Ugly to a Pretty.  When the book asked if you would betray your friend to become a Pretty and two of our...
Getting Started The obvious first step to starting a kids’ book club is to find some members.  We started with six kids which has been a very manageable number.  The main purpose for starting our book club was to keep my daughter connected with friends she knew from different places, so we had friends from our old neighbourhood, dance class,...
About the Book... In honour of how much I love Halloween, we read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman as our October book.  Members in my adult book club told me how much their own children loved this book and the story intrigued me - a baby escapes from the house where someone has just killed his family (a very short...
The Bookworm Bookclub began its fourth year welcoming two new members.  The seven girls are in Grades 6 and 7 - a hard combination to navigate with interests ranging from toys to boys and differences in reading levels.  But with everyone's huge enthusiasm about reading is general, it all seems to work out. The first meeting back was more of...
In keeping with tradition, I gave each member a book to read over the summer.  The books were recommended this year by a wonderful woman from ellaminnow book store.  I admit that I haven't had the pleasure of visiting the actual bookstore yet - I was introduced to it at the Library Resource Fair last spring.  Independent bookstores are...
About the Book... Our final book for the season was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The girls were bugging me for months about doing it and once the movie came out I had no other choice! Given the violent nature of the book, I wanted to wait until my daughter was twelve to let her read it (although I...
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 ...

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