Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or uncle will do. This Book Club is an opportunity to talk, laugh and learn through a shared love of reading. For more books targeted at tween and teen readers please see my lists for readers 12 years+ here. For YA books please see here.
Book Clubs help us to…
Connect with others through a shared love of literature
Discuss the big ideas and messages in literature
Personally connect with a story or character
We have been reading ‘Amal Unbound’, which is a great story of bravery in the face of adversity for readers 10+.
Next up we are choosing between two books – both of which are on the top of my favourites pile at the moment. I am being terribly democratic this evening, instead of me telling everyone what we will read, we are going to vote and go from there. Basically I couldn’t decide which one to go with!
‘The Mulberry Tree’ by Allison Rushby
“Do naught wrong by the mulberry tree, or she’ll take your daughters … one, two, three.”
Ten-year-old Immy and her family run away from their storm cloud of problems to a tiny village in Cambridgeshire, England. When they find an adorable thatched cottage to begin a perfect new life in, the only downside is the ancient, dark and fierce-looking mulberry tree in the back garden. And the legend that comes with it – the villagers say the tree steals away girls living in the cottage on the eve of their eleventh birthday. Of course, Immy thinks this is ridiculous. Then she starts to hear a strange song in her head…
‘How to Bee’ by Bren MacDibble
Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony’s mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known, and all Peony’s grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe.