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Escondido Public Library hosts two Tween Book Clubs that alternate between fiction titles and graphic novels each month. This program runs January - November, and takes a break for the December holiday.

R.E.A.D Book Club: The Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club is for children ages 8-12. Meetings are held at 3:30 p.m on select Thursdays (see our calendar for sign up). 

R.A.T.E.D G Book Club: The Read And then Eat, and Discuss Graphic Novel book club, for children ages 8-12, meets every other month on select Thursdays. Meetings are held at 3:30 p.m on select Thursdays (see our calendar for sign up).

 

January 18th, 2024 (R.E.A.D.)
Across the Desert by Dusti Bowling
Genre: Adventure Fiction
One girl sets out on a journey across the treacherous Arizona desert to rescue a young pilot stranded after a plane crash in this gripping story of survival, friendship, and rescue. With no one to turn to for help and armed with only a hand-drawn map and a stolen cell phone, it's up to Jolene to find a way to save the Desert Aviator.
 
 
 
 
February 15th (R.A.T.E.D. G)
Freestyle by Gale Galligan
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Cory's dance crew is getting ready for a major competition, and things go from bad to worse when Cory's parents ground him for not taking his grades seriously. He gets stuck with a new tutor, Sunna, who he dismisses as a boring nerd… until he catches her secretly practicing cool yo-yo tricks. As his friendship with Sunna grows, he ends up missing practice and bailing on his crew. With mounting pressure coming from all sides, how is Cory supposed to balance the expectations of his parents, school, dance, and his new friend?

 

March 21st (R.E.A.D.)
Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman
Genre: Fantasy

Soar into a breathtaking world of heroes and unicorns with Skandar Smith! Skandar is thrust into a world of epic sky battles, dangerous clashes with wild unicorns, and rumors of a shadowy villain amassing a unicorn army. And the closer Skandar grows to his newfound friends and community of riders, the harder it becomes to keep his secrets—especially when he discovers their lives may all be in graver danger than he ever imagined.

 

 

April 18th (R.A.T.E.D. G)
Yummy: A History of Desserts by Victoria Elliott
Genre: Nonfiction

Cake is delicious, and comics are awesome: this exciting nonfiction graphic novel for kids combines both! Learn about and taste the true stories behind everyone’s favorite treats, paired with fun and easy recipes to try at home.

 

 

 

May 16th (R.E.A.D.)
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Genre: Dystopian & Science Fiction

The story follows Petra Peña who wanted nothing more than to be a storyteller, like her abuelita. Petra along with her family and a few hundred others, leave Earth to continue the human race after a comet strikes the planet. After awaking on a new planet, Petra is the only one who remembers Earth and must use storytelling to keep her people's history alive.

 

 

June TBD (R.A.T.E.D. G)
Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin Reynolds
Genre: Superhero & Adventure

Miles Morales is a normal kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother's birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student's father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles' fundraiser. Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man?

 

July TBD (R.E.A.D.)
Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
Genre: Fiction

Thirst is a riveting story of a heroic girl who fights for her belief that water should be for everyone. Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines. Lately, though, even that access is threatened by severe water shortages and thieves who are stealing this precious commodity—an act that Minni accidentally witnesses one night. How did something as simple as access to water get so complicated?

 

 

August 15th (R.A.T.E.D. G)
Saving Sunshine by Saadia Faruqi & Shazleen Khan
Genre: Realistic Fiction

From Saadia Faruqi and Shazleen Khan comes a relatable, funny, and heart-wrenchingly honest graphic novel about Muslim American siblings who must learn how to stop fighting and support each other in a world that is often unkind. During a family trip to Florida, when the bickering, shoving, and insults reach new heights of chaos, their parents sentence them to the worst possible fate― each other’s company! But when Zara and Zeeshan find an ailing turtle, it presents a rare opportunity for teamwork―if the two can put their differences aside at last.

 

September 19th (R.E.A.D.)
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
Genre: Historical Fiction

It is 1940 and William, 12, Edmund, 11, and Anna, 9, left orphaned after the loss of their grandmother who has taken care of them since their parents died. The children need a guardian, and in the dark days of World War II London, those are in short supply, especially if they hope to stay together. Could the mass wartime evacuation of children from London to the countryside be the answer?

 

 

October 17th (R.A.T.E.D. G)
Hooky by Miriam Bonastre Tur
Genre: Paranormal Fiction & Fantasy
Two twins, one prophecy, and a whole lot of hijinks. When Dani and Dorian missed the bus to magic school, they never thought they'd wind up declared traitors to their own kind! Now, thanks to a series of mishaps, they are being chased by powerful magic families seeking the prophesied King of Witches and royals searching for missing princes. Volume 1 of 3 – adapted from Webtoon!
 
 
 
November 21st (R.E.A.D.)
Ravenfall by Kalyn Josephson
Genre: Paranormal Fiction & Fantasy

One magical inn, two kids with supernatural powers, and an ancient Celtic creature trying to destroy their world. Thirteen-year-old Anna Ballinkay has never been normal. Her family uses their psychic abilities to help run the Ravenfall Inn, a magical B&B between the human world and the Otherworld. But it’s hard to contribute when your only power is foreseeing death. So when fourteen-year-old Colin Pierce arrives at Ravenfall searching for his missing older brother, Anna jumps at the chance to help. But the mysteries tied to Colin go much deeper than either of them expects...

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