We run three book clubs for children once a month on Saturday mornings from September to June.
10.30am – 11am: 7yrs-9yrs
11am – 11.30am: 10yrs – 12yrs
11.40am – 12.10pm: 13yrs +
Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to the circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.
Raymie Clarke has a plan. A plan that will (maybe) bring back her father, who has left town. A plan that will involve learning how to twirl a baton; that will introduce her to the wispy but determined Louisiana Elefante and the feisty, knife-wielding Beverly Tapinski. A plan that may not go as expected- but will bring about an unforgettable friendship.
Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle. Here is a thing everyone fears: What it takes to get one. Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. They are all looking for a miracle.
But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect. Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly. Now, with All the Crooked Saints, she gives us the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.
Olly, Stevie and Bird have just had a very special delivery. It’s a machine that has a name, can speak and is able to print ANYTHING they want it to. How about a never-ending supply of sweets and a cool swimming pool in the shed for starters?
But is getting everything you’ve wished for all it’s cracked up to be?
Mila has a gift. She can read a room, a person, a situation- and tell if you’t=re happy, or pregnant or having an affair. When her father’s best friend, Matthew, goes missing, Mila joins in the search. She sees clues no one else notices, facts everyone else overlooks.
But the answers refuse to line up and Matthew refuses to be found. Is there somehing Mila has missed? Something closer to home than she ever imagines?
Wolf Brother – Michelle Paver
Thousands of years ago, the land is one dark forest. Its people are hunter-gatherers.
They know every tree and herb and they know how to survive in a time of enchantment and powerful magic. Until an ambitious and malevolent force conjures a demon: a demon so evil that it can be contained only in the body of a ferocious bear that will slay everything it sees, a demon determined to destroy the world. Only one boy can stop it – 12-year-old Torak, who has seen his father murdered by the bear.
With his dying breath, Torak’s father tells his son of his burden. He must lead the bear to the mountain of the World Spirit and beg that spirit’s help to overcome it. A terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life.
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
The New World. Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think.
And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans…Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him.
Secrets that are going to force him to run…
How to look for a Lost Dog – Ann Martin
Circle your home town on a map. Circle towns where dog shelters are located. Make a list of the shelters in each circle. Phone the shelters. Keep phoning until you find your dog.
12yrs+: Two book choices this month
Animal Farm – George Orwell
Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Wellington leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten.
Throne of Glass – Sarah J.Maas
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted.
9yrs to 11yrs are reading Miraculous Miranda – Siobhan Parkinson
Miranda is marvellous and magnificent – and the creator of a wonderful magical world of her own. A place where stories never end and wishes come true.
12yrs + are reading Replica – Lauren Oliver
Turn Replica one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story! While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains breathtaking revelations critically important to the other story.