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A good book, dinner, discussion, and skyping with an author! Be there November 10th @ JFDS!

We hope you will join us this fall as we read and discuss the book, Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. As in years past, we have chosen books for our school-wide discussions that offer us a window into another middle schooler’s life. In this story, we will meet the compelling and unique character, twelve-year-old Willow Chance.

We invite students who have chosen to read the book, along with a reading partner, (parent, older sibling, other relative, close family friend) to join us the evening of November 10th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a light dinner and engaging discussion centered around the book. The highlight of the evening will be a discussion, via Skype, with the book’s author, Holly Goldberg Sloan. Students who are unable to find a reading partner are still welcome to attend that evening and may bring a guest.

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I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, but I struggled to find new book to read after we all read Wonder this fall.

I couldn’t help comparing every book to what I still consider a masterpiece of middle grade fiction.

So, how did I dig myself out of my non-reading hole?

I went back to my favorite reader’s advisory tools: NoveList K-8 Plus, Teenreads.com, Kidsreads.com and Goodreads. I scanned  lists, read reviews, wrote some titles down, visited the Bangor Public Library and local bookstores.

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One title in particular showed up on lots of “best” lists, and bookstore shelves, Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. But something about the title didn’t hook me. There I stood, in the middle of Briar Patch bookstore downtown, and I thought… these reviewers must know something I don’t…yet. So I bought the book, and needless to say, I’ve found another masterpiece of middle grade fiction.

Readers, please do me a GIGANTIC favor and visit Ms. Sloan’s website and download the first chapter of Counting by 7s, and then tell me whether you are interested in reading the rest of the book by taking the poll, below!