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Book Groups

Keep an eye our here for dates, times and next books for each of our book groups. Don’t forget to check out social media for updates too:

Wednesday Book Group

Date: Wednesday, 30th June 2021, 7pm. Live in person from the bookshop (we hope). Watch this space.

Panenka by Rónán Hession

“His name was Joseph, but for years they had called him Panenka, a name that was his sadness and his story.”

Panenka has spent 25 years living with the disastrous mistakes of his past, which have made him an exile in his home town and cost him his dearest relationships.

Now aged 50, Panenka begins to rebuild an improvised family life with his estranged daughter and her seven year old son. But at night, Panenka suffers crippling headaches that he calls his Iron Mask. Faced with losing everything, he meets Esther, a woman who has come to live in the town to escape her own disappointments. Together, they find resonance in each other’s experiences and learn new ways to let love into their broken lives.

Our Children’s and Teen Book Groups are back on Saturday, 26 June!

We will be meeting in person at Slave to the Grind Coffee Shop on Stockton High St. We cannot wait to start these book groups back up again!

Young Bookworms (ages 6-9)

Date: Saturday, 26th June from 2:00-2:30 pm

An Alien in the Jam Factory – Chrissie Sains

The first book in a hilarious, jam-packed new adventure series starring Scooter the inventor and his top secret alien sidekick. Scooter McLay’s cerebral palsy affects how quickly he can move his body, but his hyper-creative brain is a constant fizz of brilliant ideas. He spends every day inventing top secret recipes and machines for his family’s jam factory. There’s just one thing missing… a pet, to share it all with. Or better still, a friend.When a tiny alien named Fizzbee crashes through the factory window, she might just be the answer. Now it’s all hands on deck, as they team up to save the factory from dastardly neighbour Daffy Dodgy.

High Rise Readers(ages 10-12)

Date: Saturday, 26th June from 2:40-3:10 pm

The Unbelievable Biscuit Factory – James Harris

The first book in a hilarious, jam-packed new adventure series starring Scooter the inventor and his top secret alien sidekick. Scooter McLay’s cerebral palsy affects how quickly he can move his body, but his hyper-creative brain is a constant fizz of brilliant ideas. He spends every day inventing top secret recipes and machines for his family’s jam factory. There’s just one thing missing… a pet, to share it all with. Or better still, a friend.When a tiny alien named Fizzbee crashes through the factory window, she might just be the answer. Now it’s all hands on deck, as they team up to save the factory from dastardly neighbour Daffy Dodgy.

Teen Readers (ages 13+)

Date: Saturday, 26th June from 3:20-4:00 pm

The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne – Jonathan Stroud

Set in a broken, future England, where gunfights and monsters collide, this is the exciting first title in a phenomenal fantasy teen series by the bestselling children’s novelist. More about the book: England has been radically changed by a series of catastrophes – large cities have disappeared and London has been replaced by a lagoon. The surviving population exists in fortified towns where they cling to traditional ways, while strangely evolved beasts prowl the wilderness beyond. Conformity is rigidly enforced and those who fall foul of the rules are persecuted: some are killed, others are driven out into the wilds. Only a few fight back – and two of these outlaws, Scarlett McCain and Albert Browne, display an audacity and talent that makes them legends.


PREVIOUSLY IN OUR CHILDREN’S BOOK GROUPS…

(We have paused the children’s book groups until the new year, but watch this space for more information shortly.)

Young Bookworms

Date: TBC

Granny Magic – Elka Evalds

Grannies, knitting and magical sheep combine in this heart-warming adventure from Elka Evalds, illustrated by Teemu Juhani!Will’s beloved granny made cakes and knitted itchy jumpers – that’s what he thought. But when she passes away and dodgy Jasper Fitchet moves in to their village, dark magic begins to unravel in Knittington. Can Will and his gran’s old craft group tie Fitchet in knots? With the help of her old motorbike and a flock of magical sheep, they might just do it … so long as they don’t drop a stitch.

High Rise Readers

Date: TBC

The Strangeworlds Travel Agency – L.D. Lapinski

At the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, each suitcase transports you to a different world. All you have to do is step inside . . . When 12-year-old Flick Hudson accidentally ends up in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency, she uncovers a fantastic secret: there are hundreds of other worlds just steps away from ours. All you have to do to visit them is jump into the right suitcase. Then Flick gets the invitation of a lifetime: join Strangeworlds’ magical travel society and explore other worlds.

But, unknown to Flick, the world at the very centre of it all, a city called Five Lights, is in danger. Buildings and even streets are mysteriously disappearing. Once Flick realizes what’s happening she must race against time, travelling through unchartered worlds, seeking a way to fix Five Lights before it collapses into nothingness – and takes our world with it.

Teen Readers

Date: TBC

The M Word – Brian Conaghan

Moya. The M Word. Whisper it.

Conceal it. But, please, never mention it … Maggie Yates tells her best mate Moya everything.

She tells her about Mum losing her job – how Mum’s taken to crying in secret. She even tells her about her foolproof plan to cheer Mum up: find her a fella with cash to splash. Moya’s with her every step of the way.

I’ll help, she smiles. Though you’re surfing a rainbow if you think someone like that exists round here. But at the back of her mind Maggie knows that Mum’s crying is more than sadness.

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