First in Series Book Club
For middle grade readers (approximately grade 4 to grade 6), this group meets the last Wednesday of each month to discuss the launch of a new series. We’ll only read the first in each series as a group, but we’ll make time here and there for follow-up discussions with kids who go on to explore the rest of the series. This is intended to be casual and fun both for kids who are already enthusiastic readers and for those who could use some encouragement to read for fun. No one is put on the spot or required to talk more than they want to. For boys and girls.
Wednesday, March 26th 5:00pm
House of Secrets Book One by Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
Newly available in paperback and hailed as “a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure” by J. K. Rowling, this is the first installment in an explosive tween fantasy series by director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It’s Kind of a Funny Story).
Siblings Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had everything they could ever want. But everything changed when Dr. Walker lost his job. Now the family must relocate to an old Victorian house, formerly the home of occult novelist Denver Kristoff–a house that simultaneously feels creepy and too good to be true. By the time the Walkers realize that one of their neighbors has sinister plans for them, they’re banished to a primeval forest way off the grid.
Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them, supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be braver than they ever thought possible–and to fight against their darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they’ll discover that it’s not just their family that’s in danger . . . it’s the entire world.
512 pages. Target age: 8-12.
Retail price: $7.99
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