Reading Together Family Book Club: Modern U.S.

Remember when I announced that I was going to be part of the Reading Together: A Family Exploration Book Club along with The Deliberate Reader and Quirky Bookworm? And then I only posted one subsequent post. Yeah. I’ve been slacking big time on that book club.

But, September/October is my topic to help lead, so I am determined to do better. Today I just want to introduce the books to you and invite you to join in the discussion over on the Facebook group page.

Our next topic is the Modern United States. We’ll be reading the following books:

Picture Book

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

Where are the girls? When Grace’s teacher reveals that the United States has never had a female president, Grace decides to be the first. And she immediately starts off her political career as a candidate the school’s mock election. But soon, she realizes that she has entered a tough race. Her popular opponent claims to be the best man for the job–and seems to have captured all the male votes–while Grace concentrates on being the best person. In this timely story, author Kelly DiPucchio not only gives readers a fun introduction to the American electoral system, but also teaches them the value of hard work, courage, and independent thought–and offers an inspiring example of how to choose our leaders.

Middle Grade

Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada

Mexico may be her parents’ home, but it’s certainly not Margie’s. She has finally convinced the other kids at school she is one-hundred percent American—just like them. But when her Mexican cousin Lupe visits, the image she’s created for herself crumbles. 

Things aren’t easy for Lupe, either. Mexico hadn’t felt like home since her father went North to find work. Lupe’s hope of seeing him in the United States comforts her some, but learning a new language in a new school is tough. Lupe, as much as Margie, is in need of a friend. 

Little by little, the girls’ individual steps find the rhythm of one shared dance, and they learn what “home” really means.

Young Adult

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

My life is like one of those “good news-bad news” jokes. Like, “I’ve got some good news and some bad news—which do you want first?”

I could go on about my good news for hours, but you probably want to hear the punch line, my bad news, right? Well, there isn’t that much, really, but what’s here is pretty wild. First off, my parents got divorced ten years ago because of me. My being born changed everything for all of us, in every way. My dad didn’t divorce my mom, or my sister, Cindy, or my brother, Paul—. He divorced me. He couldn’t handle my condition, so he had to leave. My condition? Well, that brings us to the guts of my bad news.

Now my plan is to have a review up for Grace for President on September 5th. We’ll be discussing that book on the Facebook page for the first week of September. Then I’ll post my review of Dancing Home on September 12th, and we’ll discuss that book for the remainder of September. My review of Stuck in Neutral will go up on October 3rd, and we’ll discuss that book throughout October.

Have you read any of these books yet? Will you join us?

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  1. Ooh! Grace for President is a great book, but I'm especially excited by Dancing Home – it looks maybe perfect for one of my girl-lead read-alouds for younger grades books, where I still need more diversity.

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