If there's one thing we've noticed at Riverbend, it's that the book is not dead. In fact, some of our most loyal and excited customers are our children. As soon as the school holidays start, we are inundated with these bright young things looking for something new and exciting to read while they have time off.
The Whipper Snappers Bookclubs are run by Jane Sullivan, and caters to children in years 3 to 6, with ages ranging from 8 to 11. There are two groups, the first for grades 3-4, and the second for grades 5-6.
Expression of Interest
Please register your interest below and Riverbend staff will notify you when space opens up in one of the groups you've selected.
Please note: joining our bookclubs requires an annual membership fee of $100, to be paid before you start in order to secure your place.
WHIPPER SNAPPERS - GRADES 3-4, 3:30PM
READING IN July
Simon Ellis, Spelling Bee Champ by Claudia Mills
The students in Miss Molina's third-grade class are abuzz with excitement about the upcoming spelling bee, where they will be competing against the two other classes in third grade. Simon Ellis, who just happens to be good at a lot of other things, is also very good at spelling. But Simon's best friend, Jackson, tells him that it's getting boring losing to Simon all the time. Simon is stuck in an impossible situation: Jackson will be mad whether he spells all the words correctly for their team or if he makes a mistake on purpose and causes his team to miss out on the all-you-can-eat pie buffet. Simon's competitive spirit takes over until he realises that sometimes the best way to win is to take a chance and let other people shine.
WHIPPER SNAPPERS - GRADES 5-6, 4:30PM
READING IN July
How to Bee by Bren MacDibble
Sometimes bees get too big to be up in the branches, sometimes they fall and break their bones. This week both happened and Foreman said, 'Tomorrow we'll find two new bees.' Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony's mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known, and all Peony's grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe. How To Bee is a beautiful and fierce novel for younger readers, and the voice of Peony will stay with you long after you read the last page.