Welcome to Secret Garden's book club for readers 8-12!
We always serve piping hot FREE pizza.
We choose books that will interest both boys and girls, especially in this age bracket. This month's book is The Heart of a Samurai.
We would ask you to encourage your kids to come to society meetings even if they aren’t necessarily interested in the book. As long as they’re interested in reading, we’ll be happy to have them. Young Readers’ Society is about giving kids a safe place to talk about books and reading and to express their opinions openly. Parents will be encouraged to browse the shop, or grab a bite to eat in Ballard, but as far as the Society goes – no grown-ups allowed!
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Rich with magic, folktales, and history, West of the Moon is a truly beautiful book. We know that Margi did tons of research and travelling to prepare for this book, as she is nothing if not thorough. We can't wait to hear all about it.
Come meet Margi Preus, listen to a little story-telling, and learn about the backstory on Sunday, May 4th at 3PM.
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Rumpus Reads 2013: Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Led by Greenlight bookseller and former teacher Brette, this book group is geared toward kids ages 8 to 14, and reads great contemporary and classic chapter books. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend; pizza is served. For May the book group discusses Margi Preus’ novel Heart of a Samurai, a 2011 Newbery Honor book. In 1841 a Japanese fishing vessel sinks. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing American ship. Japan’s borders remain closed to all Western nations, so the crew sets off to America, learning English on the way. Manjiro, a 14-year-old boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Eventually the captain adopts Manjiro and takes him to his home in New England. The boy lives there for some time and then heads to San Francisco to pan for gold. After many years, he makes it back to Japan, only to be imprisoned as an outsider. With his hard-won knowledge of the West, Manjiro is in a unique position to persuade the emperor to ease open the boundaries around Japan; he may even achieve his unlikely dream of becoming a samurai.
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Margi Preus is the renowned author of numerous books for children and young adults. She will be reading from Shadow on the Mountain, her latest historical thriller set in Nazi-occupied Norway, on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm at Dragonfly Books. Preus will have on hand the necessary tools for being a spy: invisible ink, disappearing ink, edible spy paper, and other fun spy stuff! Margi's first novel, Heart of a Samurai, received many awards, including being named a 2011 Newbery Honor Book. This free event is for all ages.
Shadow on the Mountain, recently published by Amulet, recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement. Espen gets his start by delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. During five years under the Nazi regime, he gains—and loses—friends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to catch up with him as he sets out to escape on skis over the mountains to Sweden.
Preus incorporates archival photographs, maps, and other images to tell this story based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway.
Margi Preus is a children’s book author and playwright. Preus resides in Duluth, MN. Her first novel for young people, Heart of a Samurai, is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book, an ALSC Notable Book and a recipient of the Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, among other honors. Her picture books include Celebritrees; Historic and Famous Trees of the World and The Peace Bell.
Preus served as the artistic director of Colder by the Lake Comedy Theatre for 25 years and with current Colder director and playwriting collaborator, Jean Sramek, has written hundreds of comedy sketches, a couple of comic operas, and dozens of plays for young people and grown ups.
When Preus isn’t writing, she teaches an occasional course at the College of St. Scholastica or the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She likes to ski, hike, paddle or sit quietly with a book in her lap.
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