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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:23 pm

We’ll be reading Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt in February.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
"Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid."

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Join us for a heart-warming story that shows that we can all achieve in spite of our difficulties.

Remember, if you have any suggestions for future book discussions, you can send them our way at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces)
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:35 am

Just a reminder that we'll soon start reading Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:54 pm

“If you stop to think about it, you’ll have to admit that all the stories in the world consist essentially of twenty-six letters. The letters are always the same, only the arrangement varies. From letters words are formed, from words sentences, from sentences chapters, and from chapters stories.”

And like any other story, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende is no exception! In March, join Bastian in a wonderful travel to Fantastica, where unimaginable creatures live, and dangers and adventures await by the end of each corner.

Goodreads provides the following synopsis:

This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself.

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place--by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic--and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

Readers, too, can travel to the wondrous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if they will just turn the page....


Fantasy in its purest form, The Neverending Story is the story inside a story, a story that mirrors your own story, and it’s a story you don’t want to miss…never, ever….

If you have any suggestions for books we could discuss in future months don’t forget to drop us an e-mail to hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces), we will be very happy to consider them. Thank you!
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Gustavo Flores » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:40 am

March has arrived! And with it, your opportunity to read The Never Ending Story by Michael Ende.

If you enjoy fantasy, you are going to love this book! Come join us here in the Book Club and share your insights and thoughts about this reading. There's a suggested guide for you to follow, but you can read at your own pace as well!

Discussion begins now! Happy reading! :)
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:38 pm

In April, we will be reading a story of school kids, friends and mystery - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal. Miranda is an ordinary sixth grader, until she starts receiving mysterious messages from somebody who knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late. For ages approx 9-14.

Four mysterious letters change Miranda's world forever.

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, like the local grocery store, and they know whom to avoid, like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.
I must ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.

This is a totally great book -- and it follows so nicely our current discussion, The Neverending Story.

Remember, if you have any suggestions for future book discussions, you can send them our way at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces). Thank you for the ones we've received!
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:01 am

We're reading When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead in April - which is now! Come join us as we find out about mysterious notes, strange occurrences and the 'ordinary' kid to whom this all occurs.

ps - If you are a fan of A Wrinkle in Time, you might really enjoy this book. Spoilers!
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:00 am

We'll be reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio in May.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse."

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

This lovely book shows how the difficulties we face don't always have to define us.

Remember, if you have any suggestions for future book discussions, you can send them our way at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces)
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Prof. Amy Lupin » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:22 pm

Just a reminder that we'll soon start reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio.
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Re: Monthly Book Discussions

Postby Sky Alton » Fri May 11, 2018 4:52 pm

In June we’ll be reading ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ by Dianna Wynne Jones and diving head first into the land of Ingary, a place where all you know about fairy tales is true… just not quite in the way you might have imagined.

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl's castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there's far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Grab your copy and join us for a whimsical and hilarious adventure with snarky wizards, uncompromising heroines and misbehaving magic.

If you have any suggestions for books we could discuss in future, be sure to drop us a line at hol.bookclub @ gmail.com (without the spaces).
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