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May 25, 2018

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About the Book... Our next book selection wasn't a Silver Birch book.  We selected The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.  The book follows a young Afghan girl, Parvana, in the middle of Taliban rule.  Parvana and her father translate letters in the market in order to survive, but once her father is arrested, the family becomes desperate.  With no male relative in the household, Parvana must disguise herself...
About the Book... After the holiday season, we tackled our first Silver Birch book, The Glory Wind by Valerie Sherrard.  The book reminded me of The Bridge to Terabithia even though I only saw the movie and never read the book.  The typical story of a cautious boy who becomes enthralled by a girl full of life (aren't they all?) who moves into the small...
About the Book... As a nice contrast to Out of My Mind (read in the fall of 2010), we read Jean Little's Mine for Keeps.  This was only intentional in the fact that the girls heard the book was about a child with cerebral palsy and said, "Oh, another book about cerebral palsy - let's read that one!"  What can I...
About the Book... For a bit of Halloween fun, the club chose Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise.  I added the illustrator here because this book is told through letters and pictures rather than narrative text.  It was a fun book and an easy read (I read it in about an hour during one of...
About the Book... Our first book of the 2011-2012 season was Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  This is a young-adult companion book to the adult version,  The Art of Racing in the Rain by the same author.  Told from a dog's point of view, it teaches us about following our instincts, taming the animal within us all, and...
As my summer gift this year, I thought I would give the book clubbers a loot bag with little things commemorating each book we had read.  But at the second-to-last meeting someone mentioned how excited they were about getting a 'surprise' book at our last meeting like last year.  So I knew the tradition had been set and I was...
Our last book for the season, just before school let out, was The Leanin' Dog by K. A. Nuzum.  An interesting choice since the book is set at Christmas time during the 1930s in the woods of Colorado.  But the book included a dog and a girl, so it was a shoe-in to be picked by the club! The book follows...
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...
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? ...
100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson was scary but a wild ride.  The whole club enjoys reading about fantastical worlds and this book had loads of them.  The adventure begins when Henry goes to his aunt's house in the midwest after his parents have been kidnapped.  Henry discovers 99 cupboards behind a wall in his attic room and that each...

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