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Join our student level book club, Hooked on Books. It’s an online book club for readers and thinkers from grades 4 and up.
Librarian Sarah Prattson, with the group’s help, will choose a new book each month. The group gets together on Zoom to discuss that book on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Sign up for zoom codes and more info.
This year, we are selecting books that can be read (or listened to) by borrowing a library copy OR using Hoopla, our free downloadable readers app.
This month’s book is Sal and Gabi Break the Universe ( Sal and Gabi Novel #1 ) by Carlos Hernandez. It received four starred reviews, and it is part of the new line of books titled “Rick Riordan Presents.”
“13-year-old Sal Vidón, a type 1 diabetic and amateur magician with the inexplicable ability to open holes in the space-time continuum, adjusts to his new life at Miami’s Culeco Academy of the Arts. It’s not easy: the teachers are eccentric, his fellow students think he’s a brujo (a bad witch), and every so often Sal brings versions of his deceased mother–“Mami Muerta”–over from other dimensions, much to his father and stepmother’s consternation. Making friends with ambitious journalist Gabi Real and her unconventional family helps ease the transition. When Gabi’s hospitalized baby brother takes a turn for the worse, Sal’s power might just be the solution they need–unless it destroys the universe. This vibrant tale from Cuban-American Hernandez (The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria for adults) is peppered with Spanish dialogue and slang, filled with mouthwatering plates of Cuban cuisine, and highly inclusive, featuring a sprawling, memorable cast, including Gabi’s collection of gender-spanning dads. A nonstop sense of wonder accompanies a genuinely heartwarming and humorous tone, and Sal and Gabi are clearly a fictional team destined for greatness.” (Publisher’s Weekly)
Read the book first, then join Ms. Sarah online to discuss it. The group will decide what other activities they want to add!
Inclement weather policy: If Canton schools or afterschool activities are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are events for teens and children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800.