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Book Discussion Guide: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Dec 7, 2016

Polly Plummer and Digory Kirke meet over a garden wall in a quiet neighborhood of London. Their friendship blossoms over the cold, wet summer that Digory lives with his aunt and uncle because of his mother’s ill health. Both children try to keep out of the way of Digory’s strange Uncle Andrew, until one day … read more

Book Discussion Guide: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Dec 7, 2016

During World War II, the four Pevensie children—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy—are sent to live in the large mansion of Professor Kirke. During a game of hide and seek, Lucy steps into an old wardrobe and finds herself in a magical land called Narnia where animals talk and magical things happen. For a long time, … read more

Book Discussion Guide: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Dec 1, 2016

Charlie Bucket lives with his father, mother, and four bedridden grandparents in the same city as Willie Wonka’s magnificent chocolate factory. The family is so poor that they eat mostly cabbage. Charlie only gets one chocolate bar a year—for his birthday. This is a hard thing to endure, given their close proximity to the factory. … read more

Book Discussion Guide: The Mitchells: Five for Victory by Hilda van Stockum

Sep 25, 2016

When their father leaves to fight during World War II, Joan, Patsy, Peter, Angela, and Timmy Mitchell try to find new ways of helping the war effort in order to bring their father back home safely. Life without Daddy is difficult and chaotic, but the Mitchells do what they can to help their mother, their … read more

Book Discussion Guide: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Sep 22, 2016

Jonas lives in an almost perfect society where every citizen is a productive, contributing member. As Jonas awaits his Ceremony of Twelve, where he will be given an assignment in the community, he is apprehensive. To his surprise, Jonas is selected as The Receiver of Memory, the adviser of the Committee and the elders of … read more

Book Discussion Guide: All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Jul 9, 2016

Ella, Sarah, Henny, Charlotte, and Gertie love reading library books, hate dusting, and get excited about celebrating their Jewish heritage on New York’s East Side at the turn of the century. Mama teaches the girls how to cook and clean, and how helping the family can be fun. Working together, the All-of-a-Kind family survives many … read more

Book Discussion Guide: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Jul 1, 2016

10-year-old August Pullman (Auggie) was homeschooled until 4th grade because of his severe health problems. Auggie is terrified to go to regular school because of what the other kids might think of him, but he ends up with a few friends, despite his reservations. When Auggie’s friends talk behind his back and ditch him, it … read more

Book Discussion Guide: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Mar 16, 2016

The Borrowers—Pod, Homily, and Arrietty Clock—are small persons who live under the kitchen in an old house. In order to survive, they “borrow” food and small objects from around the house. Their greatest fear is being seen by a “human bean” because then they would have to emigrate (or leave) to protect themselves. Arrietty, the … read more