Author Archives: Angie

Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. Bookworms Discussion Date: November 16, 2017 Discussion Questions How would you describe Billie Jo’s relationship with Ma and Daddy? How do these relationships change throughout

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As Brave As You

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds Eleven-year-old Genie loves to ask questions; he keeps a notebook filled with them. When his parents decide they need a summer alone to try to save their marriage, he and his older brother Ernie are sent to rural Virginia to stay with grandparents they hardly know. Compared with Brooklyn, Virginia is completely strange,

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Beneath

Beneath by Roland Smith What waits Beneath? Pat O’Toole has always idolized his older brother, Coop. He’s even helped Coop with some of his crazier plans — such as risking his life to help his big brother dig a tunnel underneath their neighborhood in the suburbs of Washington, DC. Coop is . . . different. He doesn’t talk on the

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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm. Bookworms Discussion Date: August 17, 2017 Discussion Questions: Why has Jess gotten up early every morning during the summer? What is Jess’s

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House Arrest

House Arrest by K.A. Holt Young Timothy is sentenced to house arrest after impulsively stealing a wallet, and he is forced to keep a journal into which he pours all his thoughts, fears, and frustrations. Bookworms Discussion Date: July 20, 2017 Discussion Questions Why did Timothy steal the wallet? What would you have done? What are the conditions of Timothy’s

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Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertram Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has

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Ghosts

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis–and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one. Bookworms Discussion Date: May

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The Missing Pieces of Me

The Missing Pieces of Me by Jean Van Leeuwen More than anything, ten-year-old Weezie wants to please her momma. She babysits her spoiled half-sister, Ruth Ann, and little Jackson. She makes tea for Momma in Gramma Emmeline’s beautiful teapot. She even tries to cook dinner. But nothing turns out quite right. And Momma is never pleased. Hard times and a

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The Seventh Most Important Thing

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man’s head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton. Bookworms

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Pennyroyal Academy

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson Suffering from a memory curse, a young girl finds herself in the forest, wearing only a dress made of spider webs. Making her way to Pennyroyal Academy, a training school for princesses and knights, she is given a new name, Evie. Pennyroyal Academy isn’t just any school though.  This school will teach these future princesses

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