Ages 8-12 / Middle-Grade Comic Fantasy / Dial Books for
Young ReadersWin a set of THE
WITCHY WORRIES OF ABBIE ADAMS by Rhonda Hayter for your book club.
Enter to win by emailing
(write "Kidsbookclubbing" in the subject line).
May I introduce you to Abbie Adams? She's a normal fifth grader with
problems like a strict teacher (Miss Linegar- rhymes with vinegar.) She's got
tons of homework, and a little brother with...um...behavior issues.
But Abbie comes from a family of witches, so these problems
get complicated by things like her little brother melting down, turning into a
werewolf and trying to eat his teacher. Still, magic allows Abbie to do cool stuff too, like meeting a famous
person from history who's been enchanted by an evil witch and needs to find a
way back to his own time.
More magic for everyone!
"This frothy debut novel delivers plenty of entertainment to the
elementary and middle-grade audience... nice characterizations ground the
novel, even as plenty of comedy combines with some suspense. Light as cotton
candy and just as tasty."
"Abbie's breezy, personable narrative incorporates droll
asides and references... to famous literature... Her colorfully drawn
family...adds humor and depth. Whether facing familiar issues (fitting in,
sibling challenges) or fantastical ones, such as developing and using her magic
responsibly, Abbie is an appealing, peppy protagonist who finds that there are 'all kinds of magic in the world . . . with or without witchcraft.'"
questions:1. What do
you think Abbie learns from her experience with the boy who's been enchanted?2. Abbie and
her family keep the fact that they are witches a secret from the rest of the
world. What do you think might happen if people found out about it?3. Do you
think Abbie's life is easier or harder because she's got magical powers? 4. If you
could travel back in time to witness an event from history, which event would
you choose?5. How would
you describe Abbie's relationship with Munch?
a video trailer and learn more about Rhonda Hayter and her book, see her website.
call-in information: Rhonda Hayter
is happy to call-in to, or skype with your club. She can also meet with your group if you live in the Los
Angeles area. Email Rhonda to
submit your request.
Ages 8 - 12 / Illustrated Middle Grade Fiction / Candlewick
Win a set of REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI by Amy Hest for
your book club.
Enter to win by emailing Amy's publisher
(write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).Dear Reader,My
favorite street in New York is the wide, winding one called Riverside Drive.
The Rossis live there, in a tall, brick building. I put them there, in my
newest novel, Remembering
Mrs. Rossi. It is about mothers and fathers and daughters,
and a teacher who dies and her students. It's about love and people who know a
lot about love.There's a picture on my desk of me (age 8) with my mother. Each day I imagined
a little girl sitting beside me while I typed. She tells me her name (Annie
Rossi), her age (8), and where she lives (440 Riverside Drive, Apt. 10B). In time, she tells me about her mother. Mrs. Rossi was a teacher. (My mother
was a teacher, too). Her mother went to the library often. (My mother went
often, too). Annie's mother died. (My mother died, too). Our stories blend.I love to talk about my books with readers, and with their teachers, librarians
and parents. You can email me and I'll write
★ "Readers of this fine novel
will find the spirited, resilient Annie another character - just like her
mother - well worth remembering."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This gentle story that captures one third grader's year reinforces the
power of journaling in navigating through life's changes."
-School Library Journal
and writing suggestions:
1. REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI is also
a story about the power of writing. Annie and her father are sustained
throughout the year by a book of memories about Mrs. Rossi written by her sixth
grade students. Write or talk about a gesture you've made that had a
positive impact on someone else.
2. Traditions: Annie Rossi has several favorite traditions.
She goes on "night walks" with her father. On snowy days, she
is the first one in the park making tracks in new snow, and each summer her
family rents the same cottage at the beach. Write or tell about a
favorite tradition in your own family.
3. Storytelling: Kids love to hear stories about when they were
little. Annie has a story about the "tiny scar on her chin"
that she loves to tell; the story always starts "Once upon a time when I
was little." Tell or write your own "Once upon a time when I
was little" story.
4. School Days: Write or tell about your WORST DAY (ever!) in
school. Write or tell about your
BEST DAY (ever!) in school.
See Amy's website for her "Hints for Writers," a
teacher's guide and an article where Amy talks about New York, writing and
love. Plus you can listen to an
excerpt of Amy reading the first chapter of REMEMBERING MRS. ROSSI, too.
call-in information: Amy Hest is happy to call-in to your club. She
can also meet with your group if you live in the greater NYC area. E-mail Amy to submit your request.
Ages 12 and up / YA Fiction / Hyperion
Win a set of RIDING
INVISIBLE by Sandra Alonzo for your book club.
Enter to win by emailing Sandra's publisher (write "KidsBookclubbing - Riding Invisible" in the subject line).
Running away is pretty scary, but what if you're doing it on
Miles from home, broke, exhausted and desperate, fifteen-year-old Yancy
wonders if he and his horse, Shy, are going to survive. They can't turn around and head for
home. Will, Yancy's highly disturbed brother is there, and Will has already
harmed Shy twice.
RIDING INVISIBLE is Yancy's journal. In it,
he draws character sketches and comic panels, documents his adventures and
fears, and writes about Christi, girl of his dreams.
"DAY FIVE -- morning -- near the tracks
I'm still alive. I now
measure my success in terms of survival."
This is the day Yancy is forced to take a chance. He pulls a crumpled paper out of his
pocket, and dials the number of a stranger. It's his only choice. He can't do this on his own. Yancy has a horse to feed.
"Alonzo's first novel features the sort of
likable, embattled narrator that brings to mind Arnold Spirit from Sherman
Alexie's THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN."
"Yancy's friendship with a Mexican ranch
worker and his family's genuine desperation give the book emotional resonance."
1. What are the major obstacles that Yancy faces in
the first two days of his journey? Which do you think are the most dangerous?
2. How does
Yancy use his intuition to judge the intentions of people he meets on this
journey? How do you decide whom to trust and whom to avoid?
mental illnesses are a frightening reality for many families. How can families
cope with the special demands that they face? How can schools and other
agencies support these families?
publisher's website to read an excerpt or discussion guide, read biographies of the author and
illustrator and more.
information: Sandra Alonzo is happy to call-in to your club. Email her publisher to submit your request.
Ages 9 - 12 / Nonfiction / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Win a set of LIVES OF
THE PIRATES by Kathleen Krull for your book club.
Enter to win by emailing Kathleen (write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).
you so much for your appreciation of our six "LIVES OF" books over
the years. One of my very favorite
things is when a reader mentions a new interest in history-- and credits this
after 12 years, I'm delighted to present LIVES OF THE PIRATES, the new addition
to the still widely read books featuring MUSICIANS, WRITERS, ARTISTS, ATHLETES,
PRESIDENTS, and EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN.
ISN'T obsessed with pirates? More
than $1 billion has been earned by the "Pirates of the Caribbean"
movies -- which are pure fiction. My book separates the myths from reality while dishing the juicy details
about 20 famous pirates, from scary Blackbeard to the even more frightening
Madame Cheng, from Black Bart to Grace O¹Malley to Sir Francis Drake. All of them fascinating, and together,
presented chronologically, providing an unusually colorful way of looking at
hope is that LIVES OF THE PIRATES will satisfy all those obsessed with pirate
lore -- and will lure a new generation of readers on to the other books.
reviews for the LIVES OF series:
"Unstuffs a host of shirts."
★ "Living, breathing anecdotes-the
stuff of which the best biography is made."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An entertaining survey, of interest to adults as well as children."
-The New York Times Book Review
★ "An irresistible package."
-School Library Journal, starred review
have inspired countless stories, songs, and movies. Why do you think
pirates-essentially outlaws and criminals-hold such allure?
2. What are
some well-known symbols and stories surrounding pirates?
3. Were you
familiar with any famous pirates before reading LIVES OF THE PIRATES? Was the
information in the book consistent with what you'd heard about them before?
there any characters in LIVES OF THE PIRATES whose stories surprised you?
Anyone you were surprised to see called "pirate"? If so, why?
reading LIVES OF THE PIRATES, how do you think pirates and their actions have
helped shape history? Can you think of any modern day examples of pirates?
Author call-in information: Kathleen
Krull is happy to call-in to your club. Email Kathleen to submit your request.
A maximum of 10 books is available for each book club giveaway.