Pick up your copy of these books from Ms. Douglass in the Cafeteria library or head to Basalt Public Library. Book Club meetings will take place in May.



5th & 6th Grade: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Description: In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

-- Read More about the Book:
-- Book Club Lunchtime Meeting: TBD


7th & 8th Grade: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

Description: Award-winning author Reyna Grande shares her compelling experience of crossing borders and cultures in her compelling, unvarnished, resonant memoir, The Distance Between Us. When her parents make the dangerous and illegal trek across the Mexican border in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced to live with their stern grandmother, as they wait for their parents to build the foundation of a new life.

But when things don’t go quite as planned, Reyna finds herself preparing for her own journey to El Otro Lado to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years: her long-absent father. Both funny and heartbreaking, The Distance Between Us beautifully captures the struggle that Reyna and her siblings endured while trying to assimilate to a different culture, language, and family life in El Otro Lado (The Other Side).

-- Read More About the Book:
-- Book Club Lunchtime Meeting: Wednesday, May 24. We will meet to plan a Skype interview with the author.




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