“A plucky young governess named Miss Penelope Lumley must tame and educate three children who were actually raised by wolves, all while trying to solv...more“A plucky young governess named Miss Penelope Lumley must tame and educate three children who were actually raised by wolves, all while trying to solve the mystery of who they really are. “
Thus the tale begins in the adventure series of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place! Don’t forget number 2 in the series “The Hidden Gallery” and number 3 “The Unseen Guest.” Happy August book reading month! (less)
1. The author uses some unusual titles to introduce the chapters. Which of them is your favorite? For what reason?
2. Why does Julius Kane train Carter to keep all of his possessions “in a single suitcase that fits in an airplanes’ overhead compartment? In what ways does this make Carter better prepared to embark on this adventure?
3. In what ways do the physical differences in their appearances make things challenging for Carter and Sadie as siblings (brother and sister)?
4. Though Carter is only two years older than Sadie, she often teases him for acting like an old man. Do you agree with her? Why or why not?
5. Throughout the novel, Carter and Sadie take turns recording their story to leave for the others like them. Is hearing both perspectives of the story a benefit? Why or why not? (less)
This is John Claude Bemis's second book in the Clockwork Dark series, which is featured in Spanish Springs Library's Book Buddies for May 2011. Check...moreThis is John Claude Bemis's second book in the Clockwork Dark series, which is featured in Spanish Springs Library's Book Buddies for May 2011. Check out our review of Book 1 (The Nine Pound Hammer) for discussion questions. Enjoy!(less)
John Claude Bemis's Clockwork Dark series is our May 2011 Book Buddies selection.
"Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his fat...moreJohn Claude Bemis's Clockwork Dark series is our May 2011 Book Buddies selection.
"Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his father, whom Ray swears could speak to animals. Now an orphan, Ray jumps from a train going through the American South and falls in with a medicine show train and its stable of sideshow performers. The performers turn out to be heroes, defenders of the wild, including the son of John Henry. They are hiding the last of the mythical Swamp Sirens from an ancient evil known as the Gog. Why the Gog wants the Siren, they can’t be sure, but they know it has something to do with rebuilding a monstrous machine that John Henry gave his life destroying years before, a machine that will allow the Gog to control the will of men and spread darkness throughout the world."
Here are this month's Book Buddies discussion questions:
Who is The Gog, and what does he want? Why do you think the author chose to depict the world of machines in such a negative light? Where have all the Ramblers gone? Why are the Ramblers important?
To win a free book, come into the Spanish Springs Library and answer this bonus question: Who is Conker’s father?
This is the April, 2011 Book Buddies choice for Spanish Springs Library.
Jeffrey Lionel Magee is a legend in the town of Two Mills. He’s an orphan whos...moreThis is the April, 2011 Book Buddies choice for Spanish Springs Library.
Jeffrey Lionel Magee is a legend in the town of Two Mills. He’s an orphan whose amazing athletic feats and bravery earn him the nickname of “Maniac”. He’s also a boy who is looking for a home. His adventures range from crazy to sad to funny and in the end, he manages to unite a bitterly divided town.
Book Discussion Questions:
1.How is Maniac just a regular kid? How is he a larger-than-life character?
2.Compare the Pickwells and the Beales? Why does Maniac think the families are alike?
3.Describe the relationship of Maniac and Mars Bar. How does it change from the start of the book to the end?
4.What are some of the legendary things Maniac does? Which was your favorite?
BONUS QUESTION: Answer this question in person at the Spanish Springs Library and receive a free book!
This is the December Book Buddies book of the month.
“Peter blinked his eyes, but there was no question: the rat was suspended in space, as if hanging...moreThis is the December Book Buddies book of the month.
“Peter blinked his eyes, but there was no question: the rat was suspended in space, as if hanging from a string, but there was no string.”
From the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and fearless Peter, page after page of riveting adventures take readers of all ages on a voyage from a filthy, crime-ridden port in old England across the turbulent sea. Aboard the Never Land is a trunk that holds the “greatest treasure on earth” but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous? Rolling waves and raging storms; skullduggery and pirate treachery provide the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing breakers eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island—where the action really heats up. This impossible to put down tale leads readers on an unforgettable journey—fraught with danger and yet filled with mystical and magical moments. (less)
We're reading The Seems series by John Hulme and Michael Wexler this month (October 2010) for Book Buddies at the Spanish Springs Library.
The "low dow...moreWe're reading The Seems series by John Hulme and Michael Wexler this month (October 2010) for Book Buddies at the Spanish Springs Library.
The "low down" on the authors:
Hulme & Michael Wexler grew up in Highland Park, New Jersey...and both still live there— just a few blocks from each other—today. the two met in high school where they were both on the tennis and soccer teams. Michael is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. In addition to writing, filmmmaking and music, the pair created a popular National Public Radio show called The Vanishing Point which they eventually turned into an online game now known as Heaven’s Gate. They have a website: www.theseems.com
Book Discussion Questions:
1. Are you the sort of person who would have noticed the Seemsian Aptitude Test and filled it out? Why or why not?
2. What is The Seems? How does it differ from The World?
3. Why do you think being from The World qualifies one to become a Fixer and being from The Seems does not?
Remember to stop by the Spanish Springs Library and answer the bonus question to earn yourself a free book of your choice from our book truck.
Bonus Question: In what city in our world does Becker Drane live?
O.K., so you really, really liked it...what do you read next? here are some other titles and authors you might enjoy:
Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (series) by Michael Reisman
I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be your Class President by Josh Lieb
HIVE: Higher Institute of Villainous Education by Mark Waldon
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (series) by E.L. Konigsburg
The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin(less)
Our Book Buddies selection for August 2010 is Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis.
Book Description: Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child b...moreOur Book Buddies selection for August 2010 is Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis.
Book Description: Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass.
But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled—a life from which he’ll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.
Book Discussion Questions: 1. Describe hoop snakes as the Preacher did. Why they were considered to be so deadly?
2. Why did the Preacher take MaWee from the carnival? Why did MaWee seem to resent the Preacher's help?
3. How did the folks of Buxton celebrate the arrival of new people, escaped from America?
4. Why did Elijah know that the letter he picked up in Chatham contained bad news for Mrs. Holton?
5. Before leaving Cooter's house, Elijah wrote him a note. What information did the note contain and what was the purpose of writing it?
6. Explain why Elijah was planning to give Hope to Mr. and Mrs. Brown. Do you agree or disagree with his decision? Explain why or why not.
Bonus Question: (When you answer the Bonus Question in person at the Spanish Springs Library you get to choose a free book to take home): What famous person did Elijah throw up on when he was just a baby?(less)
1. Why is the Substance so important? 2. What do you think it is? 3. Kaza Kingsley has said that this series is based on the trials of Hercules—what ar...more 1. Why is the Substance so important? 2. What do you think it is? 3. Kaza Kingsley has said that this series is based on the trials of Hercules—what are the similarities? What are the differences? (less)
Our Book Buddies Selection for November 2009 is Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he...moreOur Book Buddies Selection for November 2009 is Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adopted, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."
Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere -- and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip's lives. Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?
Book Discussion Questions:
1.Describe the opening scene. Why do you think the author decided to start her story here?
2.If you received those letters, what would you do? Would you keep them from your parents? Why or why not?
3.How do Chip and Jonah rule out the letters being a simple prank?
4.What odd things happen at the FBI?
5. What do the kids learn from Angela DuPre at the library? Do you agree with her theory about babies?
Bonus Question: Who tells Chip he's adopted?
Answer the Bonus Question in person at the Spanish Springs Library and take home a free book