January Online Book Club Books
Updated: Dec 22, 2020
Instead of having in-library parties this month we’re keeping on with our online do-it-at-home book clubs for all ages! The best part? Everyone who participates gets to keep the book!
We have four age categories: grades K-3, grades 3-5, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12. There’s some overlap so kids can choose which book they’d prefer to read! Every book will come with a blank review form, a few questions you can think about, and some small crafts or activities that tie into the book.
We will have a post up for each book on this website for anyone who wants to discuss the book or comment on any of the questions or activities. If you’d prefer not to go online or post here, fill out the included review sheets and get them back to the library, and we can post your comments for you! Even better, everyone who either posts on our site or brings back anything included with the book — even if it’s just a picture of the activity you did — will also get a small prize at the library!
All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!
Grades K - 3 : "The Infamous Ratsos" by Kara LaReau
“Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City?"
Grades 3 - 5: "The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table" by Jon Scieszka
“Magician Uncle Joe's birthday present entitled "The Book" swirls green mist and grants pal Fred's wish to "see knights and all that stuff for real", sending Sir Joe the Magnificent, Sir Fred the Awesome, and Sir Sam the Unusual to King Arthur's castle opposing the Black Knight, grossly smelly giant Bleob, and fire-breathing leather-winged iron-clawed green dragon Smaug. Fred plays tag and wields a baseball bat. Sam cleverly politics. Joe tricks with cards. But Merlin has "The Book" to get home."
Grades 5 - 8: "Gregor the Overlander" by Suzanna Collins
“When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it — until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever."
Grades 9 - 12: "I Hunt Killers" by Barry Lyga
“What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad? Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say. But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could — from the criminal's point of view. And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod. In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret — could he be more like his father than anyone knows?”