Category Archives: Tween Book Club

June 9th, 2020 by 
September Tween Book Club: Amy's EyesTry the Tween Book Club FREE in September "Amy's Eyes is one of the most startling, compelling novels to be published as children's literature in recent years. The story embraces practically every element of a classic fantasy adventure: a poor, gentle, noble child in an orphanage; a mean and spiteful woman to plague the child; a kind and loving protector; sailing ships and pirates and a search for a golden treasure." - The Seattle Times The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources: * A suggested reading schedule * A PDF reading …
June 9th, 2020 by 
October Tween Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources: * A suggested reading schedule * A PDF reading guide with comprehension questions * Vocabulary activities …
June 9th, 2020 by 
November Tween Book Club: Matilda Matilda, by Roald Dahl, is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a menacing, kid-hating headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it! The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources: * A suggested reading …
June 9th, 2020 by 
December Tween Book Club: The First Rule of Punk The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching. The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources: * A suggested reading schedule * A PDF reading guide with comprehension questions * Vocabulary activities * Discussion board posts in our online classroom * Writing/multimodal project prompts related to the reading * An invitation to a live discussion * A recording of the summary of the live discussion Taught by Michelle Parrinello-Cason Enroll …
June 9th, 2020 by 
January Tween Book Club: The Last Unicorn She was magical, beautiful beyond belief—and completely alone... The unicorn had lived since before memory in a forest where death could touch nothing. Maidens who caught a glimpse of her glory were blessed by enchantment they would never forget. But outside her wondrous realm, dark whispers and rumors carried a message she could not ignore: "Unicorns are gone from the world." Aided by a bumbling magician and an indomitable spinster, she set out to learn the truth. but she feared even her immortal wisdom meant nothing in a world where a mad king's …
June 9th, 2020 by 
February Tween Book Club: Esperanza Rising Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza …
June 9th, 2020 by 
March Tween Book Club: Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage—and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both …
June 9th, 2020 by 
May Tween Book Club: Dealing with Dragons "Meet Princess Cimorene–a princess who refuses to be proper. She is everything a princess is not supposed to be: headstrong, tomboyish smart… And bored. So bored that she runs away to live with a dragon." The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources: * A suggested reading schedule * A PDF reading guide with comprehension questions * Vocabulary activities * Discussion board posts in our online classroom * Writing/multimodal project prompts related to the reading * An invitation to a live discussion * A recording of the summary …
June 9th, 2020 by 
April Tween Book Club: Leviathan This is World War I as never seen before. The story begins the same: on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated, triggering a sequence of alliances that plunges the world into war. But that is where the similarity ends. This global conflict is between the Clankers, who put their faith in machines, and the Darwinists, whose technology is based on the development of new species. The purchase of the online class component includes the following book specific resources: * A suggested reading schedule * A PDF reading guide with comprehension …