The Riverbend Schools' Teacher-Librarian Bookclubs are coordinated by Pauline McLeod, our Children's and YA Literature Specialist. They meet once a month on a Thursday night. Dates are sent out at the beginning of the year. The Book Clubs run from March to October and participants receive a Certificate for 8 hours of Professional Development.
Primary Schools Teacher-Librarian Bookclub is held from 5-6pm. Members read one picture book and one primary fiction each month.
Secondary Schools Teacher-Librarian Bookclub is held from 6.30-7.30pm. Members read one secondary fiction each month.
More about Riverbend & Schools can be found here.
Our discussions can be found here.
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.
Secondary Teacher-Librarians Reading in September 2017
Daughters of Nomads by Rosanne Hawke
First moon of summer, 1662: On the edge of the Mughal Empire, fourteen-year-old Jahani lives with her mother in the village of Sherwan. Surrounded by the majestic snow-topped mountains, her life is happy but simple; Jahani enjoys spending time with her best friend Sameela who is about to be married. So why is Jahani plagued by dreams of fire and a child who has lost her mother? And why does she feel like she doesn't belong? After Jahani and Sameela are attacked in the bazaar, Jahani discovers all is not as it seems. Before long, Jahani is fleeing on a warhorse with the mysterious protector Azhar. Surrounded by deceit and danger, Jahani does not know who to trust as Azhar leads her higher north over treacherous terrain towards the fabled Qurraqoram Mountains. But when they reach their destination, will Jahani find out the truth and be in control of her own destiny?
Primary Teacher-Librarians Reading in September 2017
Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog by Rosanne Hawke
Jehan closed his eyes to pray, then opened them again. It wasn't a dream. The water was still there - the biggest flood he had seen in his life. For nine-year-old Jehan, life in Pakistan is just as it should be. He attends school, plays cricket with his little brother and fetches water for his family. But when the monsoon unleashes a catastrophic flood, Jehan is swept away from his village and becomes trapped in a tree. Jehan stays alive by rescuing things from the floodwater, but as the days pass with no sign of help, Jehan starts to despair. Will he ever see his family again? Then Jehan rescues a dog and he is no longer alone. But why does the dog keep swimming away? Where is she going? Eventually, Jehan must follow the lost dog into the floodwater. But will the dog's quest lead them to safety? Or to more danger? Sensitively told, this important story brings home the horrific reality of natural disasters on the lives of children, families and communities around the world, but celebrates need for hope, kindness and resilience that these situations inspire in their aftermath.
Coming up in October 2017
Primary Bookclub - Bertolt by Jacques Goldstyn and Kid Normal by Greg James
Secondary Bookclub - Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian