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Book Discussion Center

Getting Started

Starting a book discussion group? Young Critics Speak Out is a list of resources available to help you get started in organizing a group.

The Ferguson librarians have provided suggestions of books that have proven successful in library discussions with kids, along with questions and other web related connections to the books.

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Alvin Ho: Allergic To Girls, School, and Other Scarey Things by Lenore Look

Baseball Great by Tim Green

Because of Mr  Terupt by Bob Buyea

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Black Book of Secrets by F. E. Higgins

Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Deep Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn

Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Extra Credit by Andrew Clements

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman by Meg Wolitzer

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Herbert's Wormhole by Peter Nelson

Holes by Louis Sachar

Hotel for Dogs by Louis Duncan 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis

Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel by K. A. Holt

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse

My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian

No Talking by Andrew Clements

Notes From a Liar and Her Dog by Gennifer Choldenko

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

The Potato Chip Puzzles by Eric Berlin  

The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, age 11 by Amy Hest

Running Out of Time by Margaret Paterson Haddix

Saving Arm Pit by Natalie Hyde

Shadow by Michael Morpugo

Signal by Cynthia DeFelice

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Sun & Spoon by Kevin Henkes

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The Thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Walls within Walls by Maureen Sherry

Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson

Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

NoveList - Reviews of children's books with helpful book discussion guides.