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May 25, 2018

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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...
Our first classic book to read was Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.  I overruled the voting on this one, but they didn't seem to mind too much.  I got the title from a teacher who reads it to his Grade 4-5 class nearly every year.  The book starts out a bit slow, building the mystery unlike many of the books...
Book #9 in the Bookworm Book Club was actually for our second meeting of our second year (2010-2011).  The first meeting back in the fall consisted of the members getting back together, seeing how everyone's summers were, and talking about the books they had read and reported on via the notes on their bookmarks (SUMMER BOOK READ Bookmarks).  We also...
Seekers by Erin Hunter was our last book before the summer of our first full year.  It was well-timed because the story is about three kinds of bears finding their way by using the North Star.  Of course the story included much more, but this part was nice since I found make-your-own star charts that each kid could stargaze with on...
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo was probably the first book we discussed that was not loved by all the members.  Kate DiCamillo is also the author of The Tale of Despereaux, and The Magician's Elephant has the same feel.    It was a 'quieter' book than our previous selections - a more delicate tale with a bedtime story feel.  Although not everyone loved...
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan follows the perils of Percy Jackson, an adolescent boy who finds out he's half mortal, half Greek god (Poseidon to be exact). Most of the kids devoured the book although some found the demons and mythical creatures a bit frightening. Another thing to watch for is the idea that Percy is a child...
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo is yet another series that the kids seemed to really love - one of the boys reading all 7 books over the Christmas holidays before our meeting!  It is about a boy who finds out he has magical abilities and is sent off to a boarding school with other Endowed children to learn...
The Case of the Missing Marquess - An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer is one of my most favourite books that we have read so far.  The story is about Sherlock Holmes little sister and how she discovers her own flare for solving mysteries and how to succeed in a male-dominated world (go, Girl-Power!).  It was the first book we read...
Our next book was a whopper of a series, The 39 Clues Book 1 - Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan.  At the time we read it, I think there were only 4 books written, but now I think they are up to #10 or more.  The story is about a sister and brother (Amy and Dan Cahill) who...
Book #2 - The Time Travelers by Linda Buckley-Archer Again, this was probably a more challenging book than we originally thought and a few of the moms ended up reading this to their kids.  This was originally titled Gideon the Cutpurse and was remarketed with a new title and artwork to appeal to a younger audience.  The main story is about...

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