Middle Grade Book Club

Start: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 3:00pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX 77005

Our Middle Grade Book Club (ages 8-13) continues on Saturday, January 19 at 3 PM! Our next read will be INKLING by Kenneth Oppel.

How it works:

1. Purchase a copy of the book from the store for your middle grader.

2. Middle grader reads the book!

3. Come to the store for a book club discussion with fellow readers, facilitated by our Children’s Programming Director Joy.

Parents are welcome as well, but the focus will be on letting our young readers discuss their opinions of the book and its story. Light refreshments will be provided. Books available for purchase through the store.

More about the book:

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school--even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom.

Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together--and then leaps off the page! This small burst of creativity is about to change everything.

Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book--not good--and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school--also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story--which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too--for Sarah he's a puppy. And for Dad he's a spark of ideas for a new graphic novel. It's exactly what they all want. 

It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they--and Inkling--truly need.

About the authors:

KENNETH OPPEL is one of the most highly regarded authors of middle-grade fiction writing today. Among his books is the 2015 middle-grade novel The Nest, which received six starred reviews, was the Canadian Library Association's 2016 Book of the Year, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and was included on several notable "Best of 2015" lists, as well as Airborn, a 2005 Printz Honor Book. Find him online at www.kennethoppel.ca and @KennethOppel.

SYDNEY SMITH is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books, including Smoot, A Rebellious Shadow by Michelle Cuevas, Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, and Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal. Sydney lives with his family in Toronto, Canada. You can find him on Twitter @Sydneydraws.

Inkling Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524772819
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018