Wednesday, February 19, 2020

February Grades 5-6 Book Club: Lifeboat 12




For February's Book Club, we read Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood. 

Also, be sure to check out the author's website with some very cool videos and photographs pertaining to the sinking of the SS City of Benares. https://susanhoodbooks.com/node/255



-If I could be a character from this book it would be:



-What do you think of Ken? Would you want to be friends with him?:



-What did you think of the relationship between Ken and his family? At the beginning of the book, did you think that his step-mother really disliked him and was glad to see him shipped off to Canada?


-How do you think you would have reacted if you were in Ken's position? 


-What do you think about the ending of the book? Was it a good conclusion to all of the adventures that the characters had?


-Would you read another book by this author? Why or why not?
-What feelings did this book evoke for you? Did you feel like you could relate to anything in the book?
-What did you think of the book’s length? If it’s too long, what would you cut? If too short, what would you add?
-If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?

-How original and unique was this book?
-If you could hear this same story from another person’s point of view, who would you choose?
-What did you like least about this book?

For March's Book Club, we will be reading Wildfire by W. Rodman Philbrick. Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m.


Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there's only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

Lungs burning, Sam's only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

The pace never slows, and eventually flames surround Sam and Delphy on all sides. A powerful bond is forged that can only grow out of true hardship -- as two true friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.



Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk and register for Book Club so that Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to purchase!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

March 2020 Grades 5-6 Book Club Suggestions



Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a "regular family." Delsie observes other changes in the air, too--the most painful being a friend who's outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he's endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.





Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Danger is never far from Audra's family farm in Lithuania. She always avoids the occupying Russian Cossack soldiers, who insist that everyone must become Russian -- they have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture, and even the language. But Audra knows her parents are involved in something secret and perilous.

In June 1893, when Cossacks arrive abruptly at their door, Audra's parents insist that she flee, taking with her an important package and instructions for where to deliver it. But escape means abandoning her parents to a terrible fate.

As Audra embarks on a journey to deliver the mysterious package, she faces unimaginable risks, and soon she becomes caught up in a growing resistance movement. Can joining the underground network of book smugglers give Audra a chance to rescue her parents?







Wildfire by W. Rodman Philbrick

Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there's only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

Lungs burning, Sam's only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

The pace never slows, and eventually flames surround Sam and Delphy on all sides. A powerful bond is forged that can only grow out of true hardship -- as two true friends beat all odds and outwit one of the deadliest fires ever.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January 2020 Grades 5-6 Book Club: The Nameless City



For January's Book Club, we read The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. Ian and Sophie were present. This is what we talked about.


If I could be a character from this book it would be:

-I would want to be Kaidu because he's awesome
-I would want to be Rat because she is acrobatic and can jump from roof to roof.





What did you think of the relationship between Kaidu and Rat? Did you find it believable?

-Yes because anybody can be friends.
-Opposites often become friends in books.



Would you like to have known more about Rat's background?

-Yes


Would you like to know more about the Nameless? Do you think that they had justification for trying to assassinate the General of All Blades and his son?

-I would like to know more about them.
-They did not want to take the name of their occupiers.
-The assassination attempt was not justified but it also was not as extreme as what could have happened.


What feelings did this book evoke for you? Did you feel like you could relate to anything in the book? 

-Exhilaration.
-I'm like Rat in that people don't pay attention to me.
-Non-stop action and I didn't want to put it down.



What do you think about the ending of the book? Was it a good conclusion to all of the adventures that the characters had?

-Yes. But there is still a lot for them to do. 



Do you think that there will be (or should be) a sequel to this book?

-See above.


If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?

-What is up with Rat's hair?
-Why does Rat have so many scars?
-Why didn't Rat steal the food for herself? Why did she rely on Kaidu? 

How original and unique was this book?

-I thought the plot was pretty original.
-The storyline was completely original to me.

What did you like least about this book?

-Rat is so picky. She wants Kaidu to bring her some food, she gets mad when Kaidu can't do the physical feats as she can.
-The dad could have been more of a dad to Kaidu.


Please rate this book from 1-5, with 5 being the best:

-4
-4



We will be meeting on Wednesday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m. in order to discuss 

Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood.

With Nazis bombing London every night, it’s time for thirteen-year-old Ken to escape. He suspects his stepmother is glad to see him go, but his dad says he’s one of the lucky ones—one of ninety boys and girls to ship out aboard the SS City of Benares to safety in Canada.

Life aboard the luxury ship is grand—nine-course meals, new friends, and a life far from the bombs, rations, and his stepmum’s glare. And after five days at sea, the ship’s officers announce that they’re out of danger.

They’re wrong.

Late that night, an explosion hurls Ken from his bunk. They’ve been hit. Torpedoed! The Benares is sinking fast. Terrified, Ken scrambles aboard Lifeboat 12 with five other boys. Will they get away? Will they survive?



Please be sure to register for Book Club and to pick up your copy of February's book at the library Circulation Desk.

February 2020 Grades 5-6 Book Club Suggestions

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?


Based on an astonishing true story.






Lifeboat by Susan Hood

With Nazis bombing London every night, it’s time for thirteen-year-old Ken to escape. He suspects his stepmother is glad to see him go, but his dad says he’s one of the lucky ones—one of ninety boys and girls to ship out aboard the SS City of Benares to safety in Canada.

Life aboard the luxury ship is grand—nine-course meals, new friends, and a life far from the bombs, rations, and his stepmum’s glare. And after five days at sea, the ship’s officers announce that they’re out of danger.

They’re wrong.

Late that night, an explosion hurls Ken from his bunk. They’ve been hit. Torpedoed! The Benares is sinking fast. Terrified, Ken scrambles aboard Lifeboat 12 with five other boys. Will they get away? Will they survive?






Once Was a Time by Leila Sales

In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte's scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty's fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December Grades 5-6 Book Club: Greetings from Witness Protection



For December's Book Club, we read Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt.  Finn Ian, Mark and Sophie were present. This is what we talked about.


If I could be a character from this book it would be:

-Charlotte/Nicki because she took so many hits (her mom left, dad went to jail) and she kept on going
-I would be Archer or Jackson. Charlotte came into the family and Jackson just wants to go back to the way things were. He's hiding his feelings. Archer was just cool.
-The caseworker so I don't have to go through these problems, I can just text.
-I want to be Charlotte because she's important.




What do you think of Dierdre? Were you surprised that she didn't have a bigger role in the book, after her debut as the class bully?:

-The book isn't about a child beating up another beating up another child.





What did you think of the relationship between Nicki/Charlotte and her new family? Did you find it believable?:

-Yes, because they created companionship like a real family
-It seemed believable because it took Jackson awhile to warm up to Nicki
-The family was nice and very accepting of Nicki



How do you think you would have reacted if you were friends with Charlotte and she told you her big truth, as she did with Britney? 

-I would keep it to myself and not tell anyone else. I would keep being friends with her and not tell anyone else about her.
-I would not tell anyone else.


What do you think about the ending of the book? Was it a good conclusion to all of the adventures that the characters had?

-I would like a sequel
-Everyone wanted a sequel



Do you think that there will be (or should be) a sequel to this book?

-It just needed a proper ending
-It would be cool if they made a sequel




Additional comments:

-It was sad
-It was good
-I wish someone had died 
-There should have been more blood in the end of the book



Would you read another book by this author? Why or why not?
-Yes
-Depends on what type of book it is
-It depends on the plot of the book

What feelings did this book evoke for you? Did you feel like you could relate to anything in the book? 
-If only Jackson was an older sibling, I would feel bad for Charlotte.
-Keeping secrets.

What did you think of the book’s length? If it’s too long, what would you cut? If too short, what would you add?
-Too short. I would add a proper ending and a cliffhanger.
-It was just the right.
-I was sorry that they didn't add picking out a Christmas Tree. It would have been a nice scene for the family.

If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?
-Why didn't you decorate a Christmas tree?
-What was that ending?
-Why was there a gun in the book?

How original and unique was this book?
-Original. 
-I've read books that relate to the story line but not this exact story.

If you could hear this same story from another person’s point of view, who would you choose?

-Britney or Jackson's point of view might be interesting to hear from

What did you like least about this book?
-That it ends.
-That it began.




Please rate this book from 1-5, with 5 being the best:

-One 3
-Two 4.5
-One 5



We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m. in order to discuss 
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden.

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie who only finds solace in books discovers a chilling ghost story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man"--a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
    

Captivated by the tale, Ollie begins to wonder if the smiling man might be real when she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about on a school trip to a nearby farm. Then, later, when her school bus breaks down on the ride home, the strange bus driver tells Ollie and her classmates: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
     

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed these warnings. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."
     

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.



Please be sure to register for Book Club and to pick up your copy of January's book at the library Circulation Desk.

January Grades 5-6 Book Club Suggestions


Estranged by Ethan Aldridge

Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, his fae powers hidden from his unsuspecting parents and his older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being a human makes him a curiosity at the royal palace.
But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne seizes the throne, the Childe and Edmund must unite on a dangerous quest to save both worlds—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.
This epic graphic novel is perfect for fans of Amulet.


The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Five years. That's how long Coyote and her dad, Rodeo, have lived on the road in an old school bus, criss-crossing the nation. It's also how long ago Coyote lost her mom and two sisters in a car crash. Coyote hasn't been home in all that time, but when she learns that the park in her old neighborhood is being demolished---the very same park where she, her mom, and her sisters buried a treasured memory box---she devises an elaborate plan to get her dad to drive 3,600 miles back to Washington state in four days...without him realizing it. Along the way, they'll pick up a strange crew of misfit travelers. Lester has a lady love to meet. Salvador and his mom are looking to start over. Val needs a safe place to be herself. And then there's Gladys... Over the course of thousands of miles, Coyote will learn that going home can sometimes be the hardest journey of all...but that with friends by her side, she just might be able to turn her "once upon a time" into a "happily ever after."


Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie who only finds solace in books discovers a chilling ghost story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who loved her, and a peculiar deal made with "the smiling man"--a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
    

Captivated by the tale, Ollie begins to wonder if the smiling man might be real when she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she's been reading about on a school trip to a nearby farm. Then, later, when her school bus breaks down on the ride home, the strange bus driver tells Ollie and her classmates: "Best get moving. At nightfall they'll come for the rest of you." Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie's previously broken digital wristwatch begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
     

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed these warnings. As the trio head out into the woods--bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them--the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: "Avoid large places. Keep to small."
     

And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

November Grades 5-6 Book Club: A World Below



For November's Book Club, we read A World Below by Wesley King. Finn, Ian and Mark were present. This is what we discussed.


Let's talk about the book's set up. Did you like how it was told in sections labeled "A Month Before" and "Two Hours After"? Do you think it added to the book?  


How did you feel about the fact that the book had three narrators? Were you ever confused about who was speaking? Did you prefer one narrator over the other?


Could you envision yourself in Mr. Baker's 8th graders places? How do you think you would do in such an emergency?


Describe Eric and Silvia. Do any parts of them remind you of yourself or someone you know?


Did this book remind you of any others you have read? The characters, the setting, the themes discussed?


Why did Jana's group break off from Carlos's? 


Did you find any of this book confusing?


Do you think it is realistic that everyone survived the earthquake and its aftermath?


The ending seemed to be set up for a sequel. Would you read it?


Please rate this story between 1 and 5, with 1 being the worst book you've ever read and 5 being one of the best.

-5
-4.5
-3.5/4


For December's Book Club, we will be Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt.

Thirteen-year-old Nicki Demere is an orphan and a kleptomaniac, making her the perfect girl to portray the Trevors' daughter in witness protection, but she soon learns that the biggest threat to her new family's security comes from her own past.


We will meet on Wednesday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up a copy of the library book and register for each session of Book Club at the Circulation Desk.


February Grades 5-6 Book Club: Lifeboat 12

For February's Book Club, we read Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood.  Also, be sure to check out the author's website with some very...