Wednesday, July 14, 2021

August Grades 3 & 4 Book Club: Klawde, Evil Alien Warlord Cat



For July's Grades 3 & 4 Book Club, we read the book Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth.

1. The book is written from two points of view. Whose?

2. Who is our protagonist? Is there more than one? 

3. What planet is Klawde from? How does he arrive on Earth? How does he become Raj's pet? 

4. What is Klawde's real name? Who names him Klawde?

5. Where does Raj's mom send Raj? 

6. Who does Raj meet at Camp Eclipse?

7. How does Raj's relationship with Klawde change Raj?

8. What does Klawde use his litterbox for?

9. What happens at Survival Night?

10. How does Klawde return to his planet? What happens when he gets there? 

11. What was your favorite part of the book? Your least favorite?

12. How would you describe this book to a friend?




For August's Book Club, we will be reading:
We will be meeting on Wednesday, August 11 at 3:30 PM. Book Club will be held outside on the lawn—Swinburne Street side. In case of inclement weather, Book Club will move indoors. Participants will be notified by noon, the day of, if the location changes. 

To register, visit the circulation desk or email Miss Colleen at jamlibyouth@gmail.com 

Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your copy!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

August Grades 3 & 4 Book Club Suggestions





"Quiet . . . birds . . . nature. . . .

That's what Aster expects when her parents move their whole family to the middle of nowhere. It's just her (status- super-bored), her mom and dad (status- busy with science), her brother (status- has other plans), and . . .

. . . magic?

In her new home, Aster meets a mysterious old woman with a herd of dogs who gives her a canine companion of her own. But when she and her dog Buzz are adventuring in the forest, they run into a trickster spirit who gives Aster three wishes. After wishing for the ability to understand and talk to her dog, she becomes only able to talk in dog language . . . and the trouble she gets into is just starting.

Maybe the middle of nowhere will be more interesting than Aster thought." — Summary








"When JJ Jacobson convinced his mom to accept a surprise invitation to an all-expenses-paid weekend getaway at the illustrious Barclay Hotel, he never imagined that he'd find himself in the midst of a murder mystery. He thought he was in for a run-of-the-mill weekend ghost hunting at the most haunted spot in town, but when he arrives at the Barclay Hotel and his mother is blamed for the hotel owner's death, he realizes his weekend is going to be anything but ordinary.

Now, with the help of his new friends, Penny and Emma, JJ has to track down a killer, clear his mother's name, and maybe even meet a ghost or two along the way." — Summary





Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

"While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space." — Summary





Wednesday, June 9, 2021

June Grades 3 & 4 Book Club: From the Desk of Zoe Washington

 


For June's Grades 3 & 4 Book Club, we read the book From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Jenae Marks. This title is Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominee for 2022. The below questions are from Middle Grade at Heart

1. Zoe wants to become the first Black girl to win the Kids Bake Challenge! and points out that she’s never seen many Black pastry chefs in cookbooks or on TV. Have you noticed a lack of diversity in certain careers? Why do you think that is, and what do you think can be done to change that?

2. In one scene, Zoe feels judged by a white woman who sees Zoe, who is black, with her white stepfather. Have you ever felt the need to defend something that wasn’t actually wrong because someone judged you? What did you do? How did that make you feel?

3. At first, Zoe refuses to tell Trevor why she’s upset with him. Do you think that was fair? When she did explain, whose side of the story did you connect with most? Have you ever said something you didn’t mean because you felt pressured to fit in, like Trevor? Or had someone hurt you in their attempt to fit in, like Zoe? What did you do? 

4. Zoe’s experience at the bakery internship doesn’t start the way she expects it to. Have you ever been excited about something, only to be disappointed? How did it turn out in the end?

5. Were you surprised when Zoe’s grandma agreed to keep Zoe’s letter writing a secret? Do you think it was the right thing for her grandmother to do? Why or why not?

6. Zoe is shocked when she reads stories of people who were wrongfully convicted and sent to prison for crimes they didn’t commit. How did you feel reading that? 

7. Zoe and Trevor talk about how they’ve each had discussions with their parents: “...because I’m black, I have to be extra careful around the police. Stuff like that.” If you’re a person of color, have you ever had that discussion? How did it make you feel? If you’re white, how did you feel reading that? What do you think it’s like to feel that, because of the color of your skin, you can’t trust the very people who are supposed to be helping and protecting you? 

8. As you read, how did you feel about Marcus? Did you believe he was guilty or innocent? Did your thoughts about Marcus change at all as you learned more about his story and the facts of what happened?


For July's Book Club, we will be reading:




Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat (Book #1) by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth

"Klawde, the exiled ruler of the planet Lyttyrboks, and Raj, who just moved from Brooklyn to tiny Elba, Oregon, forge an unlikely friendship as they find their footing in a strange new world." — Source of summary not specified

We will be meeting on Wednesday, July 14 at 3:30 PM. Book Club will be held outside on the lawn—Swinburne Street side. In case of inclement weather, Book Club will move indoors. Participants will be notified by noon, the day of, if the location changes. 

To register, visit the circulation desk or email Miss Colleen at jamlibyouth@gmail.com 

Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your copy!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

May Grades 3–4 Book Club: El Deafo

 



Rhode Island Children's Book Award Winner 2016
Newberry Medal Honor


For May's Grades 3-4 Book Club, we read the book El Deafo by Cece Bell. Alex and Emme were present. Here are some of the questions we answered during our discussion:

1. El Deafo is a memoir. What is a memoir? Are there benefits to writing a memoir as a graphic novel? What about drawbacks?

2. How does Cece lose her hearing? 

3. We learn about Cece's friendships. Could you relate to any of Cece's friendships? How do Cece's friendships comfort her? How do they challenge her? 

4. How does Cece use her El Deafo identity to cope with tough situations? 

5. People react to Cece's Phonic Ear in a variety of ways. What are they, and why are their reactions important to Cece's story?

6. Cece grapples with her own feelings towards the Phonic Ear. Overall, do you think the Phonic Ear is something positive or negative for Cece? Why?

7. Cece describes feeling like she is in a bubble of loneliness. What does this mean? Have you felt this way? 

8. How does Cece change throughout the book? 

Rating: on a scale of 1—5 (1 is the lowest; 5 is the highest), what do you rate this book? Would you recommend it?

4! 
4! 

And yes, we would recommend it!





For June's Book Club, we will be reading:



Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee 2022



"Zoe Washington isn't sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she's never met, hadn't heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who's been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe's worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she's worthy of auditioning for Food Network's Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus's conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn't know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies." — summary


We will be meeting on Wednesday, June 9 at 3:30 PM. Book Club will be held outside on the lawn—Swinburne Street side. In case of inclement weather, Book Club may be moved indoors or via Zoom. Participants will be notified by noon, the day of, if the location changes. 

To register, visit the circulation desk or email Miss Colleen at jamlibyouth@gmail.com 

Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your copy!

Monday, May 10, 2021

June Grades 3–4 Book Club Suggestions

 




National Book Award Longlist

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

"After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back" — provided by the publisher





Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee 2022


"Zoe Washington isn't sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she's never met, hadn't heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who's been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe's worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she's worthy of auditioning for Food Network's Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus's conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn't know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies." — summary 




Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat (Book #1) by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth

"Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks, an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But when he is stripped of his feline throne, he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment- exile to a small planet in a quiet corner of the universe...named Earth.

Raj had everything. A cool apartment in Brooklyn. Three friends who lived in his building. And pizza and comics within walking distance. But when his mom gets a job in Elba, Oregon, and he is forced to move, all of that changes. It's now the beginning of summer, he has no friends, and because of his mother's urgings, he has joined a nature camp. It's only when his doorbell rings and he meets a furball of a cat that Raj begins to think maybe his luck is turning around..." — summary


Thursday, April 15, 2021

April Grades 3-4 Book Club: The 13-Story Treehouse

 



For April's Grades 3-4 Book Club, we read the book The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton. Alex, Emily, and Emme were present. Here's what we discussed! 

1. There are lots of rooms in the 13-Story Treehouse. Which one is your favorite? What type of rooms would you include in your own treehouse?

2. In Chapter 2, Andy wakes up to find Terry painting an animal. What type of animal is Terry painting? Why? 

3. In Chapter 3, we meet Jill. Who is Jill? Who is she looking for?  

4. On page 30, Andy points out, "...although the first part of my sentence (no) was technically a lie, the second part (she's not here) was definitely the truth, which cancels out the lie." Do you agree with Andy? 

5. Who is Mr. Big Nose? What is he angry about? What happens when he gets angry?

6. Terry has a super long to-do and to-don't list. Do you make lists? What type of lists?

7. In Chapter 5, Andy and Terry have a disagreement. What is the disagreement? 

8. Who is Bill? What does he bring Terry?

9. Who is Mermaidia? How does she trick Terry? How does Andy prove to Terry what Mermaidia truly is? What happens to Mermaidia?

10. Terry gets trapped in a bubble of burp gas. How does Andy free him?

11. What happens the second time Bill comes?

12. Who saves Andy and Terry from the gorilla?

13. How does Andy and Terry's book get delivered to Mr. Big Nose?

Last question: In your opinion, what was the funniest (or best) part of the book? Why?



Rating: on a scale of 1—5 (1 is the lowest; 5 is the highest), what do you rate this book? Would you recommend it?

4! 4! 5! 

For an average of 4.333333... 

and yes, they would recommend it!



For May's Book Club, we will be reading:


El Deafo by Cece Bell

Rhode Island Children's Book Award Winner 2016
Newberry Medal Honor

"Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn't—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for." — from the publisher's website

We will be meeting on Wednesday, May 12 at 3:30 PM. Book Club will be held outside on the Library lawn, under the trees on the Swinburne Street side. Masks are required, and social distancing will be practiced. In the case of inclement weather, Book Club may be moved indoors or via Zoom. Participants will be notified by noon, the day of, if the location changes. 

To register, visit the circulation desk or email Miss Colleen at jamlibyouth@gmail.com 

Be sure to stop by the library to pick up your copy!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

May Grades 3–4 Book Club Suggestions

 


Rhode Island Children's Book Award Winner 2016
Newberry Medal Honor Book 

El Deafo by Cece Bell 

"El Deafo is a funny, deeply honest graphic novel memoir for middle graders. It chronicles the author's hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with a powerful and very awkward hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. It gives her the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn't—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her, Phonic Ear and all. Finally, she is able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for." — provided by the publisher





National Book Award Longlist

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

"After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back" — provided by the publisher





Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee 2022


"Zoe Washington isn't sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she's never met, hadn't heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who's been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe's worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she's worthy of auditioning for Food Network's Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus's conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn't know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies." — summary 



August Grades 3 & 4 Book Club: Klawde, Evil Alien Warlord Cat

For July's Grades 3 & 4 Book Club, we read the book Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by  Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth. 1. The ...