News From The  Kids' Book Club Book
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Book Giveaway Contest
Featured Author Recipe
Book Clubs Recommend
Meet a Book Club
Choose a Book - Invite an Author

Fall, 2008

We're excited to feature a unique cookie recipe from acclaimed author Neal Shusterman to pair with his young adult novel, Unwind.  What's more, you can win a free copy of Unwind in our Book Blast book giveaway contest!  It's easy to enter, and 25 lucky winners will be selected on November 15. 

If your book club is considering what to read next, check out our reading recommendations from youth book clubs around the country. 

You can also browse the titles available in our Choose a Book - Invite an Author program, and contact authors who will speak with your club.  Our roster of terrific young adult authors includes S.A. Bodeen, Donna Woolfolk Cross, Kimberly Willis Holt, and many more. 

We're pleased to highlight an exciting boys' book club in Norwalk, Connecticut.  And we'd like to hear about your group!  Please take a moment to share news from your book club with us.

Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
Co-authors of The Kids' Book Club Book 
and The Book Club Cookbook
Contest Book Blast Giveaway Contest
Enter to Win a Copy of Unwind

UnwindWe're giving away 25 copies of Unwind by Neal Shusterman! 

A dystopian novel for grades 7 and up about a world where unwanted teens fear for their lives, Unwind challenges readers' ideas about where life begins, where it ends, and what it truly means to be alive. 

Simply complete the contest entry form and you'll be entered into our random drawing.  Twenty-five lucky winners will be selected on November 15, 2008.

Enter the Unwind Contest
Recipe Featured Author Recipe
Neal Shusterman Neal Shusterman's Unwound Cookies

We asked Neal Shusterman to contribute a recipe to pair with Unwind, about teens who are salvaged for their body parts.  The possibilities were gruesome to consider!  But Mr. Shusterman's offering, Unwound Cookies, are appealing, delicious, and perfectly suited to his book.

Unwound Cookie Recipe 
BookRecsBook Clubs Recommend
Recommended books Suggestions from Youth Book Clubs

The Lit Blitz Book Club (Grades 2 & 3) of Hoschton, Georgia, recommends:

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (1952), Fiction, 192 pages

"Our book club members enjoyed the story of how Wilbur the pig is saved by the clever spider Charlotte's creative designs in his honor.  We had discussions about the different characters' personalities and how they affected everyone.  For example, if Fern had not been so tenderhearted, Wilbur would not have been rescued to begin with.  If Wilbur had not been so dramatic and fearful, he might not have captured the attention of the wise and caring spider.

"We then divided into small groups and completed a page of character webs for each of the four main characters:  Fern, Wilbur, Charlotte, and Templeton.  We wrote descriptive words inside each of the blank webs - being careful to connect letters so that our words looked as if they were part of the spider webs. 

"We finished the meeting by enjoying Fern's Spider Cakes as we shared our character webs with the group."

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Boys to Men Book Club:
A Unique Group for Teen Boys


Boys to Men The Norwalk (Connecticut) Branch Library's Boys to Men Book Club smoothes the transition to manhood by connecting boys with local community leaders in the context of a book discussion group.

Children's Librarian and group facilitator Sherelle Harris saw the need to bring male role models in the community together with middle and high school boys, and formed the group in January, 2008.  "Boys with no father or prominent male figure in their lives needed to connect with these men," says Harris.  "Introducing men in high-powered or low-key positions in their community gives the boys a chance to see that, although the men have different personalities and backgrounds, they still made it to where they wanted to be."

Hill Harper's book, Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny, anchors group discussions.  Aimed at young black men, Harper's book tackles topics such as materialism, sex, single parenthood, and faith - issues central to the lives of the participants.  Each week, the group reads one chapter of the book, and a member of the community is invited to lead the discussion.

When Reverend Albert R. Dancy from Macedonia Church in Norwalk facilitated a dicussion on careers, he asked each of the boys to discuss their dream profession, coaxing even the reluctant boys to chime in.  And for the discussion about sex led by former local boxer and community leader Fred Kitt, Harris invited two high school girls to join the group to represent the female point of view.  "Mr. Kitt gave equal billing to both the boys' and the girls' viewpoints." says Harris.  "The whole scene was positive and very refreshing!"

The success of Boys to Men will soon benefit girls, too.  Harris plans to convene a similar group for girls in 2009 using Harper's latest book, Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny.

Choose a Book - Invite an Author
Invite an AuthorBook Ideas, & Authors Ready to Speak with Your Book Club
Please browse our directory of titles and authors willing to chat with your kids' and teen book club.  You can also search authors  by location, and invite a local author to visit your group.   Once you've decided which author(s) you'd like to invite, contact the author(s) directly through our website and arrange a date to speak with them. We hope you'll give it a try!

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