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Readers' Realm

Readers' Realm: Adventure!
with Lisa

The adventure continues! Keep commenting or join in now. 

A new discussion topic will be posted each week through January 27 - then on to a new genre/category.   
Feel free to post as much as you like. Be sure to read others’ comments and respond to them.  Let’s get to it!

Adventures can truly take place anywhere.  Where is your adventure taking place? Tell me about it.  Do you think that’s a good place for adventure?  Is it unique, or is it overused? Please include the title and author of the book you’re reading in your post (some of us want to add to our reading list!) 

The book I’m reading, "The Tomb" by S. A. Bodeen,  starts in ancient Egypt.  But there’s a twist!  The Egypt parts have actually all been a virtual reality simulator.  The two main characters are on a small spaceship that they name the Tomb.  This totally makes sense, as some of the Egyptian activities were not actually from ancient times.  It’s a great setting, as now these two teens are alone in space, heading toward another space craft.  All kinds of things can go wrong.

 The Tomb

What’s happening in your book? 
Posted by  On Jan 13, 2021 at 8:10 AM
Read It!

Family Book Club: "The Green Ember" by S.D. Smith
Aurora Public Library and Jefferson County Public Library welcome S.D. Smith, author of "The Green Ember" for a virtual visit on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. Register for the event here

The Green Ember

Get ready for this special event by reading "The Green Ember" throughout January! Free copies (that you can keep) are available at Aurora Public Libraries, while supplies last. Please call your branch to see if there are copies remaining. Unlimited copies of the eAudiobook are available free with your library card via HooplaDigital
For JCPL patrons, "The Green Ember" is available for checkout and online as an eAudiobook via HooplaDigital and Axis360.
Below is a suggested reading schedule. Every Monday, there will be a new blog post related to the chapters we read that week! 
- Monday, Jan. 4 - Sunday, Jan. 10: Prologue - Chapter 14 (Forest Flight)
- Monday, Jan. 11 - Sunday, Jan. 17: Chapter 15 (Picket's Check) - Chapter 30 (The Green Ember)
- Monday, Jan. 18 - Sunday, Jan. 24: Chapter 31 (Jupiter's Crossing) - Chapter 44 (The Beginning)
Chapters Prologue - 14 (Leave your thoughts in the comments below)
- When Father is telling Heather and Picket the story of King Jupiter, did you feel like the family was connected to the King somehow?
- When the wolves arrived, were you worried their parents Heather and Picket would not escape? Do you think their parents and Jacks are okay?
- Who are the two rabbits that helped save Heather and Picket?
- Why do you think Picket doesn't like Smalls?
- Can you guess why the wolves are destroying towns?

Don't forget to register to virtually meet S.D. Smith on Jan. 25!
Posted by  On Jan 11, 2021 at 3:29 PM
Create It!

Create It! Snowmen
by Karen

Bring the magic of snowy days indoors by creating your own snowmen that never melt! Karen shares a DIY to make your own winter decor.

Posted by  On Jan 11, 2021 at 1:52 PM
Made in a Mug

Made in a Mug: Gingerbread Mug Cake
by Tessy

Need a sweet treat? A savory mouthful? Join us for "APL Made in a Mug" for your next bite-sized recipe! 

January's recipe is Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll in a Mug.
Recipe from Gathered Nutrition by Mia Zarlengo. Thanks to Mia for letting us share this recipe! Check out the full recipe here.

Let us know if you try this recipe and what you think of it!

Posted by  On Jan 08, 2021 at 1:01 PM
Readers' Realm

Readers' Realm: Adventure!
with Lisa

Welcome to the Readers’ Realm! Our new online book club, Readers' Realm, explores a different genre/category each month and encourages middle school fiction lovers to share their favorite reads - and find some new ones along the way!

This month’s genre: ADVENTURE! Plan to read your book in about a month.  A new discussion topic will be posted each Wednesday through Jan. 27. Then it's on to a new genre/category!   

Feel free to post as much as you like.  Be sure to read others’ comments and respond to them too.  Let’s get to it!

This week's questions:
What book did you choose? Why did you choose your adventure book? Who is your favorite author? Just from the title and the first few pages, what do you think the adventure will be about?   

I’m reading "The Tomb" by S. A. Bodeen (one of our featured authors).  I choose it because I’ve liked her other books, and the title sounded a bit scary. A tomb?  Is something/someone coming out or going in?  The first few pages take place in Ancient Egypt, but the cover shows outer space.  Hmmmmm... I’ll have to see how that goes together. Maybe the Egyptians learn about some aliens?? 

The Tomb

Tell us about your book in the comments below! 
Looking for an adventure book? Check out some of these great titles! 

Posted by  On Jan 06, 2021 at 8:25 AM
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