Phoenix Book Club - January 2014

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Instead of a theme this month, everyone read both The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and at least one story from The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, then came up with an idea for a story based on one of the illustrations. While a couple of the group's members had done something similar before for school, not everyone had, and those who'd done it before picked new illustrations to be inspired by. The great thing about The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is that there are so many different pictures and so many different directions to go with them. A couple of the kids wrote down their stories or story ideas. Others had given it a lot of thought. No one came up with the same ideas for their illustrations as the professional authors did for The Chronicles of Harris Burdick.

Amongst our stories we had some horror and some humor and some illustrations were more popular than others. Leading the pack was the illustration for Just Desert (yes, that's spelled right), which depicts a woman about to cut into a glowing pumpkin. Also a popular one was The House on Maple Street, which depicts a house taking off from its street corner into the air. The other illustrations used were A Strange Day in July, Under the Rug, The Seven Chairs, The Third Floor Bedroom, Unexpected Guests, Mr. Linden's Library and Another Place, Another Time.

For February we'll be reading the Newbery Medal winners and honors books from the past five years. Since the 2014 Newbery Medal winner and honors recipients will be announced on January 27th, by the time we meet in February we'll be able to talk about both the older winners and the new ones if anyone's already read them. Sound interesting? Know someone in 5th through 8th grade who might want to join? Meet with us on February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Children's Room. And check back here after the awards announcements have been made for a list of winning titles, authors and illustrators.

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