Young Readers Society: Our 8-12 Book Club

Welcome to Secret Garden's newly formed  first ever book club for readers 8-12! It's a regular EVERY-THIRD-WEDNESDAY thing, from now on, through the summer and into the school year.  We will sometimes do some book-related crafts and we will always serve piping hot FREE pizza from our friends over at Ballard Pizza Company.  Thank you, Ballard Pizza Company! (Parents, you really should go over and try the great pies at Ballard Pizza Company!)

Our intention is to choose books that will interest both boys and girls, especially in this age bracket. I suspect that as the Society grows, we’ll read a variety of books based on the particular interests of the different kids who show up on a regular basis.

The goal of our this club's fearless leader (the amazing Becky M.) is to introduce titles that will pleasantly surprise society members, like all book clubs, titles may not be ones members would choose to read on their own. She’ll definitely be open to book suggestions from the kids, but she will try to have three options for them to choose from every month to keep things simple.

The Young Readers’ Society is about giving kids a safe place to talk about books and reading and to express their opinions openly. Parents will be encouraged to browse the shop, or grab a bite to eat in Ballard, but as far as the Society goes – no grown-ups allowed!   For those kids who were not able to make our August meeting, but who have read our June pick, The Emerald Atlas, I want to let you know about a contest we’re having through this next month. If anyone is interested in writing a recommendation (what we booksellers call "shelf-talkers") for The Emerald Atlas, my coworkers and I will be picking our favorite, and I’ll announce the winner at the next YRS meeting. The prize for the winner is the advanced reader copy of the sequel, The Fire Chronicle, which will be coming out in hardcover on October 9th. Feel free to drop any entries off at the shop during the month – a simple paragraph about why you like the book is all that’s necessary.

September's meeting is going to be a little different. Alison Church from the Nordic Heritage Museum will be coming to talk to us and possibly do some crafts. Our book selection is Nordic themed so kids can choose one of the following three books: Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren How to Train your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell (the first in the series) and Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer. We’ll be discussing the differences between the books and talking about what makes them Nordic. Just a quick warning as well, Sea of Trolls is recommended for readers ages 10 and up. This is because of the size of the book, not because of the content, but if you have a younger kid who is interested in reading it, please be aware that it is a bit more advanced. These kids are all such good readers that I’m sure it’ll be a breeze for most of them, but if you have concerns please feel free to pick one of the other books instead.

Don’t hesitate to call Becky M. anytime with questions/comments.  Or, you can write her directly by clicking the contect us text above left.

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Event address: 

Secret Garden
2214 NW Market St
98107-4024 Seattle
Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142402498
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Published: Puffin Books - April 21st, 2005

The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.

"A rollicking story."--The Horn Book

How to Train Your Dragon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316085274
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2010

Read the New York Times bestselling book that inspired the hit movie

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The Sea of Trolls (Sea of Trolls Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689867460
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2006

Jack was eleven when the berserkers loomed out of the fog and nabbed him. "It seems that things are stirring across the water," the Bard had warned. "Ships are being built, swords are being forged."

"Is that bad?" Jack had asked, for his Saxon village had never before seen berserkers.

"Of course. People don't make ships and swords unless they intend to use them."

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