Ages 8-12 / Middle-Grade Fiction/ Farrar Straus & GirouxWin a set of Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire by
Brenda Ferber for your book club
. Enter to win by emailing Brenda (write "KidsBookClubbing" in the subject line).
place on earth is a small summer camp in northern Wisconsin called Birch Knoll.
I learned to water-ski and sail on its pristine lake, turned friends into
sisters, and created memories so sweet and powerful that I still dream about
camp thirty years later. It's no surprise I set my novel, JEMMA HARTMAN, CAMPER
EXTRAORDINAIRE, at such a camp.
curl up with JEMMA, I hope they'll feel the wind in their hair as they sail
across a cool lake on a hot summery day, the thrill of getting up on water-skis
for the first time, the loneliness of seeing their best friend drift away, and
the joy of watching a new friendship bloom.
I love to
talk about my books with readers, teachers, librarians, and parents. You can
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll write back.
Book Reviews for Jemma Hartman,
the tweens who believe in BFF but find out, to their great disappointment, that
it isn't for everyone, this is the book for them."
make a sunny summertime outing for readers."
Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
drawn a realistic main character... The plot moves along swiftly, and Jemma's
first-person narrative rings true, as do the issues and the camp experience."
Discussion Questions for Jemma Hartman,
1. Jemma wonders if it's possible to make new friends and
keep the old, like the song says. What do you think? What are the challenges in
2. Why is it so important for Jemma to be a camper extraordinaire?
What do you think it means to be a camper extraordinaire?
3. Why does Tammy spend so much time with Brooke? Could she
have handled the situation differently? What would you have done?
is Delaney able to be herself so completely, even when her cabin mates think
she's odd or different? Does she have any insecurities? If so, how does she
Visit the author's website
for more information about Brenda and Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire. And to watch a video of Brenda talking with librarians at
ALA about the book, see her publisher's website.
call-in information: Brenda Ferber is happy to call-in or Skype with
club. She can also meet with your group in person if you live in the
Chicagoland area. Email Brenda to submit
Book reviews for The Year
of Goodbyes: Dear Reader:
when my mother was a young Jewish girl living in Hamburg, Germany, she
brand-new poesiealbum. That's poesie + album = poetry album. Think:
That poesiealbum is at the heart of THE YEAR OF
GOODBYES, the story of my mother's last year in Nazi Germany. That
year -- 1938 -- was filled with fear,
but also with friends. Friends who
filled the album with thoughts that my mother carried across an ocean to
life. . . .
inviting readers to continue the tradition in an online Year of Goodbyes Poesiealbum Project. Please click here for details. I hope to hear from
you, and your readers.
10 and up / MIddle Grade Nonfiction / Disney-Hyperion
Win a set
of The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy for your book club.
win by emailing Debbie (write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject
weaving together her mother's poesiealbum (autograph/poetry album),
her own verse, Levy crafts a poignant portrait of her Jewish mother's
1938 Nazi Germany that crackles with adolescent vitality."
"An outstanding and emotionally taut read."
"An immensely powerful experience."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Discussion Questions for The Year
what a poesiealbum was used for in the 1930s in Europe. How were the
filled? Who would you ask to write in yours? What would you hope they
include? Is this a tradition that girls today would enjoy? Why or why
2. Why do
you think the author decided to tell the story in free verse? Which poem
book is your favorite? Why? What can you apply to your own writing?
events that led the Salzbergs to seek asylum in America. Which events
convince you to leave your family and fortune behind? Why was it so
for Jewish families to leave Germany?
Watch a video and learn more about the
author and the
materials she used to research this book by visiting her website and her blog.
Debbie Levy is happy to call-in and
talk with your club. Email Debbie
to submit your request. request.
Discussion Questions for Twenty
Gold Falcons: Dear
I have seen
many young people sadly and unexpectedly lose a parent. In some cases,
have had to completely change their lives. This was the spark that
story of Aiden whose father dies and then she and her mother must leave
farm and move to a city. I hope Aiden's journey will bring hope and
to adapt to living in her uncle's tiny apartment and to a new school.
learns about a stash of valuable coins called Gold Falcons hidden in the
Ingle Building. Hoping to rescue her farm, she goes looking for gold
help of two cats, school-smart Adam, feisty Liesl, Rosie, the
elevator-operator, and Charles, the opera-loving mouse. Aiden discovers
family secrets along the way and is forced to make some important
choices. If you are familiar with The Gorillas of Gill Park and Return to Gill Park,
you will recognize the city Aiden
8-12 / Middle Grade Fiction / Holiday HouseWin a set
of Twenty Gold Falcons by Amy Gordon for your book club.Enter to
win (and tell Amy about a park you love and why) by emailing the author (write "KidsBookclubbing" in the
Book reviews for Twenty
Gold Falcons:"The characters
were so believable
I felt like I was in the story with them hunting for the gold. Amy
is a master story teller. She drew her characters so well that you
could not help but dislike Marisa and Quentin. You felt the evil
from Grip. You wanted to sit in the elevator with Rosie and listen for
hours to her tell the stories of the old building."
". . .the
cast of warm, eccentric characters are the story's greatest strength,
artistic allusions and puzzle-like clues will appeal to fans of Blue
Balliett's Chasing Vermeer..."
-Gillian Engberg, Booklist
novel provides middle-grade readers with an appealing mix of intrigue,
humor, and adventure....A
bright and vivacious heroine sweetens the pot to make Twenty Gold
highly satisfying read."
-Yana V. Rodgers, Rutgers
University Project on Economics and Children
are some of things Aiden finds in her quest for gold?
2. If you
found twenty Gold Falcons, what would you do?
3. What do
you think of the choices Aiden finally makes?
Q&A, learn more about Amy, and subscribe to her blog via her
website. Amy Gordon is happy to call-in to your club. She also
loves to give workshops. Please e-mail Amy if you are
12 and up / YA fiction / Simon & Schuster
Win a set
of The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan for your book club.
Enter to win by emailing Sarah (write
"KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
takes center stage. And the bad guy takes the microphone.
They say a
bad boy can be good for a girl. From Mr. Rather Aloof At Parties Darcy to
vampires, they do seem to have an enduring fascination.
Demon's Lexicon series, I wanted to get inside the head of a boy like
rather than regarding him from the outside, being able to see all his
how close he was to the edge. Meet Nick Ryves and his brother Alan, who
bookish, adorable, shoots to kill - and who is the only thing that
matters to Nick at all.
wanted to have a girl who could really stand up to Nick: who wouldn't
with awful behavior and had problems of her own, like rescuing her own
from demons. Meet Mae Crawford.
A boy with
a secret. A girl with a plan.
mightier than the sword,
P.S. I'm very excited because the next book
in the series - The Demon's Covenant - comes out in 3 days!
Book Reviews for The
"From the pitch-perfect opening paragraph to the heartbreaking final
pages, the narrative peels back layers of revelation, deftly ratcheting
tension and horror to a series of shattering climaxes. Delicious."
-Kirkus Reviews, (starred review)
"Give this to fantasy and horror fans alike, but don't give away the
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"Even teens who don't consider themselves genre buffs will appreciate the
writing, fast-paced plot, and sense of authenticity that Brennan gives
shadowy world between ordinary, modern-day London and the otherworld of
and magicians... Readers will no doubt clamor for the next book in this
urban fantasy trilogy."
-School Library Journal, (starred review)
Discussion questions for The
1. Family is
a central theme of the Demon's Lexicon series: what does the word "family" mean
to you, and how is family handled in The Demon's Lexicon? Are Nick and
2. At the Goblin Market, you can buy many magical objects. If you could
magical object, what would it be and why?
3. The magicians pay for power by letting demons kill people. In return
can be beautiful, or famous, have perfect lives or anything they want.
you be tempted - even a little?
4. The end of the book is a twist ending, as in mysteries where we find
dunnit, movies like The Sixth Sense or other novels which just happen to
twists, like Megan Whalen Turner's The Thief. There should always be
the twist throughout the narrative, so it is possible to guess what
do you agree with that? Did you guess the twist?
5. Words are seen as an essential
part of humanity in these books: through knowing the words, you can
with and express affection to other humans. But communication is never
and words can hurt those you love. Can you think of a time from the book
better communication would have helped the characters?
the book trailer and find out more about the series and the author,
visit Sarah's website.
Sarah Rees Brennan is happy
to Skype or IM with your club. Email Sarah
submit your request.
A maximum of 10 books is available for each book club giveaway.