The Fantastic Book Club is a monthly club for young people entering grades 4-7 which meets on the second Wednesday of the month from March to September at 4 PM at the Central Library. This spring and summer, the Fantastic Book Club will be discussing books about "building a better world," involving everything from compassion to robots. Be prepared for a lively discussion! Copies of each month's selected book will be available at the Youth Services Desk. Registration is required.
Mar 8: Fuzzy by Tom Angelberger
It's a fast-paced read that shows just how strange a place middle school can be, particularly when the new student is a state-of-the-art robot.
Apr 12: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
In another robot story, Roz discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.
May 10: Save me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
It's the story of two boys from very difference worlds. Ravi has just moved to the U.S. from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems--but their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade when they are brought together by a common enemy and a need to take control of their lives. This is the 2017 Kids Read Across Rhode Island selection.
June 14: The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brailler
It's the story of Jack Sullivan who, after a monster apocalypse hits town, builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.
July 12: Nothing But Trouble by Jacqueline Davies
It's the story of two smart girls in one small town who use their combined genius to liven up their world--one prank at a time.
August 9: The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet.
In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.