Phoenix Book Club: Family

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Regular Phoenix Book Club meetings started back up this fall, kicking off with books about families of all kinds.

Sometimes for the Phoenix Book Club we pick a genre like historical fiction or adventure. Sometimes we pick a format such as graphic novels. Sometimes we try something a little harder to pin down. Family is a topic every kid can relate to and families are in almost any book you might pick up off the chapter book shelves in the Children's Room. So what makes a book about family? In choosing books, we focused on looking at whether a family and the relationships in it were the focus of the story, or just a small piece of a larger plot. We stuck to stories about kids dealing with issues within their families or a family working together in a story and overall everyone ended up very satisfied with the books they chose. One thing we did all notice is that books notably focused on families had a tendency to be on the serious (sometimes sad) side.

One book club member made an argument for including Harry Potter, and we were almost swayed! But ultimately, while Harry's family is important to who he is as a character, the plots of the books themselves aren't really just about Harry and his parents or the Dursleys. But never fear! Are you interested in reading or re-reading all of the Harry Potter books as we approach the 20th anniversary of the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone? In January we'll be starting an entirely separate book discussion for all ages to read and talk about the Harry Potter series. Keep an eye on this blog for more information in the coming months!

Next month for the Phoenix Book Club we're reading ghostly tales both spooky and funny. Pick one on your own or come into the Children's Room to see what we have set aside, then join us to discuss your pick on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. Please keep in mind, we have shifted our book club meeting back a week due to Election Day.

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