“The Giver” Discussion Groups

Please join us on Thursday August 7th for a discussion of Lois Lowry’s book, “The Giver”. The student discussion group will be at 4:00 p.m. and adult discussion group will be at 7:00p.m. You can choose the time when you register.

Since the movie comes out on August 15th, we felt a discussion of the book would be important, particularly since the book unfolds before a 12-year-old Jonas and the movie transforms the character to a 16-year-old.

The book is appropriate for ages 12 and up and is considered to be in the fantasy and magic category.

Any student is welcome to join us at 4:00p.m.- there will be juice and fruit at the store (particularly for those arriving from summer camp!). A signed hardbound copy of “The Giver” will be given away at this discussion, by drawing. Each registered student in attendance will be given a free book on that day.

The 7:00 p.m. evening discussion will be geared to an adult discussion of the themes in the book (most notibly the subject of euthanasia).

About the book:  

Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. Winner of the Newbery Medal.

In a perfect world where there is no conflict, racism or sickness, every member of society has a specific role, and Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory. As Jonas uncovers the truth behind his world’s past, he discovers that many years earlier, his forefathers gave up humanity in order to have a stable society.

If you have any questions about this, or any other event at Byrd’s Books please feel free to call the store at (203) 730-2973.

Registration is required for each discussion. To register click here.

The Unwanteds

UnwantedsBy Lisa McMann

A riveting middle-grade dystopian novel from New York Times bestselling Wake author Lisa McMann that Kirkus Reviews calls “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

When Alex finds out he is Unwanted, he expects to die. That is the way of the people of Quill. Each year, all the thirteen-year-olds are labeled as Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Wanteds get more schooling and train to join the Quillitary. Necessaries keep the farms running. Unwanteds are set for elimination.

It’s hard for Alex to leave behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted, but he makes peace with his fate – until he discovers that instead of a “death farm,” what awaits him is a magical place called Artime. There, Alex and his fellow Unwanteds are encouraged to cultivate their creative abilities and use them magically. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be divided between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate magical battle.

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

LindberghWritten & illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann

One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.

These are dark times… for a small mouse. A new invention – the mechanical mousetrap – has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places… the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!
Debut illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s inventive tale and stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers – young and old – with the death-defying feats of this courageous young mouse.

The Greatest Star On Earth

GreatestStarBy Kate Klise (Three-Ring Rascals #2)

The rascals from the world’s friendliest family circus are back in the second installment of this smafunderful fully illustrated series. Everyone knows Sir Sidney’s Circus is the best in the world. But who’s the “star” of the show? The Circus Times is having a contest to find out. Just thinking about it gives Sir Sidney a worrywart, and it’s quickly clear why. Soon after he goes off to rest, the performers start thinking too much about winning the trophy and not enough about putting on a good show.

Meanwhile, it looks as if ringmaster-in-training Barnabas Brambles might need some help managing the crew, so Bert and Gert, the sly brother-and-sister mice who travel with the show, set out to write a book to teach him how it s done.

Does Bert and Gert’s plan work? And who is the star of the circus? All will be revealed in The Greatest Star on Earth.

The Glass Sentence

GlassSentenceBy S.E. Grove

She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World – a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning

LandofStoriesBy Chris Colfer

In the third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Chris Colfer, the Brothers Grimm have a warning for the Land of Stories.

Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him – until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code.

Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother… but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle… or for the secret that will change the twins’ lives forever.

The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins to the test as they must bring two worlds together!

The Thickety: A Path Begins

ThicketyBy J.A. White

Hand in hand, the witch’s children walked down the empty road.

When Kara Westfall was six years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic… except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr’s Realm. But mostly it’s called the Thickety.

The black-leaved trees swayed toward Kara and then away, as though beckoning her.

The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.

And that is just the beginning of the story.

The Thickety: A Path Begins is the start of a thrilling and spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic.

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse

LindberghWritten & illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann

One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.

These are dark times… for a small mouse. A new invention – the mechanical mousetrap – has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places… the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!

Debut illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s inventive tale and stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers – young and old – with the death-defying feats of this courageous young mouse.

A Boy and a Jaguar

Boy & JaguarAs a child, Alan Rabinowitz stuttered uncontrollably–except when he spoke to animals, then he was fluent. Follow the world-renowned wild cat conservationist Dr. Rabinowitz’s remarkable life as he finds a voice to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves. (biography, nature, special needs, ages 8-12)

The Meaning of Maggie

Meaning of MaggieBy Jean Megan Sovern. Eleven-year-old Maggie Mayfield is an A-plus student with big plans for herself, but at this moment she is also facing a lot of problems–like starting middle school and figuring out how to help her father who is out of work and in a wheelchair.

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