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Book Discussion Groups for Homeschoolers

Many homeschoolers are enthusiastic readers. Discussing books can increase a reader's enjoyment and depth of understanding. These groups and classes provide an opportunity for readers to articulate their thoughts about their reading, hear differing perspectives, and be introduced to aspects of literary analysis.

Past Offerings:
Book Discussion Group, ages 10-13, Montpelier, VT
Both Sides of the Page: A Writing & Literature Class, ages 12-16


"It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."
– S.I. Hayakawa


Montpelier Book Discussions
(approximate ages 10-13)

For those of us who love to read, talking about books can be a source of great enjoyment. In addition, readers of all ages can learn from hearing differing perspectives on the same piece of writing. This discussion group gives children the opportunity to talk about high quality children's literature with peers who also love to read, and incorporates many of the elements of adult book groups. Discussions are led by an experienced facilitator who encourages the participants to develop and express their own thoughts and questions about each book. Literary elements such as character, theme, and mood will be introduced as they connect naturally to the children's ideas and interests.

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Offered through the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, this group is free of charge and library copies of all books are provided.

alternate Mondays, 1:30-2:30
Kellogg-Hubbard Library children's section

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January 9, 2006 - The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

January 23rd - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

February 6th and 27th, March 13th and 27th - titles to be determined

Copies of each book can be picked up at the children's circulation desk at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at least two weeks in advance.

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Past titles include: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli,The Hollow Tree by Janet Lunn, Hatchet by Gary Paulson,The Village by the Sea by Paula Fox,The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer, Letters from Rivka by Karen Hesse,The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop, Holes by Louis Sachar, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien, Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Notes from a Liar and Her Dog by Jennifer Choldenko, Lyddie by Katherine Patterson, Love that Dog by Sharon Creech, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, Knight's Castle by Edgar Eager, Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Curtis; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle, Nothing But the Truth by Avi, Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn,The Giver by Lois Lowry, Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (VT Humanities Council's pick for VT Reads 2005), Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene DuBois, Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey, The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks, Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman, The Cay by Theodore Taylor