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Book Club Review: My Long List of Impossible Things by Michelle Barker

The arrival of the Soviet Army in Germany at the end of World War II sends sixteen-year-old Katja and her family into turmoil. The fighting has stopped, but German society is in collapse, resulting in tremendous hardship. With their father gone and few resources available to them, Katja and her sister are forced to flee… Continue reading Book Club Review: My Long List of Impossible Things by Michelle Barker

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Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (a Hunger Games novel) by Suzanne Collins

Ambition will fuel him. Competition will drive him. But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has… Continue reading Book Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (a Hunger Games novel) by Suzanne Collins

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Book Club Review: No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

Felix Knuttson, twelve, is an endearing kid with an incredible brain for trivia. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable; she can't hold onto a job, or a home. When they lose their apartment in Vancouver, they move into a camper van, just for August, till Astrid finds a job. September comes, they're still in… Continue reading Book Club Review: No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

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Book Club Review: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

  It was just rain. But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up. Suddenly— They. Are. Everywhere. They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed. Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? A week… Continue reading Book Club Review: Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

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Book Club Review: A World Below by Wesley King

Mr. Baker’s eighth grade class thought they were in for a normal field trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. But when an earthquake hits, their field trip takes a terrifying turn. The students are plunged into an underground lake…and their teacher goes missing. They have no choice but to try and make their way… Continue reading Book Club Review: A World Below by Wesley King

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Book Club Review: Miles to Go by Beryl Young

Miles to Go is the story of a friendship between two twelve-year-old girls in a small Saskatchewan town. In the spring of 1948, each girl faces a heavy personal loss and challenges that threaten their friendship. Through a hard few months the girls learn the meaning of loyalty and the value of keeping a promise.… Continue reading Book Club Review: Miles to Go by Beryl Young

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Book Club Review: Sweep: The story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier

For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived--and a girl. With her wits and will, she's managed to beat the deadly odds… Continue reading Book Club Review: Sweep: The story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier

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Book Club Review: Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith

One summer, after a long plane ride and a rotten bad year I went to Grandma Jo's. It was my mother's idea. Jett, what you need is a change of scenery. I think she needed a change of scenery, too. One without me. Because that rotten bad year? That was my fault. Thus begins the… Continue reading Book Club Review: Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith

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YA Book Club – November Book Announcement

Read along with us in November! Sweep: The story of a girl and her monster by Jonathan Auxier For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on "climbing boys"--orphans owned by chimney sweeps--to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best… Continue reading YA Book Club – November Book Announcement

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Book Club Review: The Lifters by Dave Eggers

When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town… Continue reading Book Club Review: The Lifters by Dave Eggers