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My Life as a Book - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 5-8! We are excited for you to join us in reading My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian & Jake Tashjian.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready for pickup today, Wednesday, February 1! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Michelle know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want. No matter how much you do, the book is yours!

"My Life as a Book" by Janet Tashjian

“Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send him to Learning Camp, Derek's dreams of fun come to an end. Ever since he's been labeled a "reluctant reader," his mom has pushed him to read "real" books — something other than his beloved Calvin & Hobbes. As Derek forges unexpected friendships and uncovers a family secret involving himself (in diapers! no less), he realizes that adventures and surprises are around the corner, complete with curve balls.

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, the artist, and the world of My Life as a Book:

Publisher Macmillan’s page on Janet Tashjian:

Illustrator Jake Tashjian’s site:

Go Comics’s pages on Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield:

Oberlo’s list of 13 free animation software downloads:

Martha’s Vineyard’s site:

Included as well: a word search, a pencil maze, a drawing activity, and a recipe for chocolate cake with coconut frosting!

Like My Life as a Book? It’s part of a series! Check them out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and would love to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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