The Mad Hatters Middle Grade Book Club is made up of four kids aged 9 – 12. Every fortnight during the school term we explore both fiction and non-fiction targeted towards kids in upper primary school. We cover a range of genres and writing styles to broaden their variety of reading material as well as take into consideration what they do and do not like to read.
Each fortnight the kids read a new book and rated it on a 3 star scale:
1 star = okay; 2 stars = good; 3 stars = great.
School Holiday Read: A School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Term One ended with a bang, and for the school holidays book club members were encouraged to read a thicker book and settled on A School for Good and Evil. This book was highly anticipated amongst the group, however it came back with mixed reviews; some loving it, and others… not so much.
Rating: Two ★★★, one ★★ and one ★¾ star rating
Book #1: The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble
For our second book of the term, we chose the newest Bren MacDibble. Although highly recommended by our older staff, group members considered the first person narration “baby-ish”, and found it difficult to relate to the main character and her decision-making as much as they would have liked to.
Rating: Two ★★, one ★½ and ½ star rating
Book #2: Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
Disaster struck mid-term when book club members were ill and only one member was present. This member remarked that although they thought it better than the other books, the story was too slow to develop for them and left them struggling to finish the book.
Rating: One ★★ star rating
Book #3: Don’t Follow Vee by Oliver Phommavanh
Members enjoyed our last book of term two and found it easy to imagine what it would be like to be in Vee’s shoes. Although they enjoyed the book, the group agreed it fell short of some of the others they had recently read.
Ratings: two ★★, one ★½ and one ★ star rating
This term had the most assigned books by staff which were noticeably not as enjoyable to the group as last term’s, and so we have decided to make more an effort in including the club in choosing their term book picks!