January Book Bunch

Thursday, January 26th at 4:30 p.m.
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Join Caroline and Donna for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller.

When You Trap a Tiger is a novel by Tae Keller. When Lily’s family moves in with their grandmother, Lily realizes that she is not alone. A magical tiger from her Korean folktales appears to make an important deal-one that will affect Lily’s family. The tiger informs Lily that her grandmother has stolen something precious and this item must be returned. Lily must find the courage to reveal a family secret and use her voice to face a magical tiger. When You Trap a Tiger mixes Korean folktales with fantasy, family history and friendship.

The Trove will provide a free copy of the book for the first eight individuals to register for the discussion. When the books are available, we will email to arrange pickup; please list an email address and phone number when registering. You can place a hold on the book using our catalog. If you prefer the eBook, you can find it on Libby here.

Recommended Reads:

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
For grades 4-8
Library Collection: print & audiobook
Libby: ebook & audiobook
“In the wake of his brother’s death, a black boy struggles with grief and coming out.When Kingston’s white friend Sandy came out to him a few months ago, Kingston’s older brother, Khalid, told him to stay away from Sandy because King wouldn’t want people to think he was gay too. And then Khalid died. Their mom wants him to see someone, but King refuses because he knows he has nothing to say except that he is sad. Although his dad says boys don’t cry, King can’t stop the tears from coming every time he thinks of Khalid. But King knows that his brother is not really gone: Khalid ‘shed his skin like a snake’ and is now a dragonfly. Complicating King’s grief over the sudden loss of his brother is the fear that Khalid would not still love him if he knew the truth—King is gay. Every day after school King walks to the bayou searching for Khalid, wondering if he can ever share who he is. When Sandy goes missing, King must come to terms with the true cost of shame. The tale is set in Louisiana, and Callender’s vivid descriptions of the rural area King calls home are magical; readers will feel the heat and the sweat, see the trees and the moss. This quiet novel movingly addresses toxic masculinity, homophobia in the black community—especially related to men—fear, and memory.”    –Kirkus Reviews

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
For grades 4-8
Library Collection: print & audiobook
Libby: ebook & audiobook
“An elderly witch, a magical girl, a brave carpenter, a wise monster, a tiny dragon, paper birds, and a madwoman converge to thwart a magician who feeds on sorrow. Every year Elders of the Protectorate leave a baby in the forest, warning everyone an evil Witch demands this sacrifice. In reality, every year, a kind witch named Xan rescues the babies and find families for them. One year Xan saves a baby girl with a crescent birthmark who accidentally feeds on moonlight and becomes ‘enmagicked.’ Magic babies can be tricky, so Xan adopts little Luna herself and lovingly raises her, with help from an ancient swamp monster and a chatty, wee dragon. Luna’s magical powers emerge as her 13th birthday approaches. Meanwhile, Luna’s deranged real mother enters the forest to find her daughter. Simultaneously, a young carpenter from the Protectorate enters the forest to kill the Witch and end the sacrifices. Xan also enters the forest to rescue the next sacrificed child, and Luna, the monster, and the dragon enter the forest to protect Xan. In the dramatic denouement, a volcano erupts, the real villain attempts to destroy all, and love prevails. Replete with traditional motifs, this nontraditional fairy tale boasts sinister and endearing characters, magical elements, strong storytelling, and unleashed forces. Luna has black eyes, curly, black hair, and ‘amber’ skin. Guaranteed to enchant, enthrall, and enmagick.”    –Kirkus Reviews
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