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 5 to 6, with ages ranging from 9 to 11. They meet once a month on a Wednesday after from 4-4:45pm (dates in the calendar below).
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 5-6, 4PM
READING IN August
The Dog with Seven Names by Dianne Wolfer
A tiny dog, the runt of the litter, is born on a remote cattle station. She shouldn't have survived, but when Elsie finds, names and loves her, the pup becomes a cherished companion. Life is perfect a until War arrives.
With Japanese air raids moving closer, Elsie's family leaves the Pilbara for the south and safety. But the small dog has to stay behind. After travelling far from home with drovers and a flying doctor, she becomes a hospital dog and experiences the impact of war on north-western Australia. She witnesses wonderful and terrible things and gives courage to many different humans.
But through all her adventures and many names, the little dog remembers Elsie, who girl who loved her best of all. Will she ever find her again?
READING IN september
Off the Track by Cristy Burne
From the author of To the Lighthouse comes a new adventure for young readers about falling in love with the bush, and with hiking and being in the wild. It's about disconnecting from technology and discovering yourself.
Harry's perfect life was straying way off-track. He looked pleadingly at Mum. Surely she could see? Spending an entire weekend tramping around stinking-hot, snake-filled scrub was a horrible mistake. But doing it without a phone? That was just brutal.
As it turns out, it was only the beginning ...