November 1, 2017
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Dear Readers, 
In this issue, you'll meet  some bold seventh graders who spark a national incident as they unearth a national treasure in Liana Gardner's 7TH GRADE REVOLUTION -- inspired by true events! 
Happy reading!          
Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Ages  9-12 / Middle-Grade Fiction / Vesuvian Books
Win a copy  of 7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner.  Enter to win by visiting the author's website or emailing the author (please write "KidsBookclubbing" in the subject line).

Dear Reader,

The idea for 7th Grade Revolution arrived in a Tweet linked to an article about a classroom lesson on the Revolutionary War. The teachers had told their 7th graders to imagine that they had won a bloodless war and now had to make the policies and govern the school. My head exploded with ideas. What if what started in the classroom somehow became real? The next thing I knew, I had the FBI trying to recover a Revolutionary War artifact of national importance hidden in the school, and the 7th grade on a wild ride through secret tunnels and caverns to beat them.
The students' mission is clear -- discover the treasure before the FBI closes their school. To stay ahead of the FBI, they must delve into history, follow century-old clues left by a crazy Revolutionary War buff, and amass an arsenal to defend their school ... because this is WAR!

Happy Reading,

Liana Gardner

Book reviews:  

"... a thrilling and engrossing ride through past and present based on real events in North Carolina. Trust me, you won't want to put it down."
-Tracy Riva, Midwest Book Review
"... a stunning new middle grade novel that is part historical fiction, part action adventure mystery, and all around fun. Featuring a cast of wacky, interesting kids I was hooked on page one and enjoyed every twist and turn of the creative plot. Gardner is a writer to watch."
-Dan Elish, award-winning author of Born Too Short: The Confessions of an Eighth-Grade Basket Case
"... an exciting, smartly written book filled with adventure, intrigue, and history in a modern school setting. Luke Spooner's accompanying art is simply spot on."
-Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Little Dead Red
"... the book held me captive from beginning to end. You captured the middle school mind perfectly, showing their insecurities as well as the amazing strength that is just below the surface. Bravo!"
-Karen Rectanus, Exploris Middle School, North Carolina

Discussion questions:  

1.   How do you think the 7th graders did with the classroom exercise the teachers assigned? Do you think you and your classmates would have handled the assignment any differently? If so, how?

2.   With challenge comes change. Which of the characters faced the biggest challenge? Did they overcome it? Who changed the most? What is the biggest challenge you've overcome?

3.   Dennis and Rhonda were on the fringes during the classroom experience. How did they become the leaders after the secret ballot vote?

4.   During the classroom exercise, James didn't want to be one of the leaders. Why? Have you ever felt the same way?

5.   What measures did the 7th graders take to keep the FBI at bay? Why were they successful? 

For behind the scenes information such as the book trailer, excerpts, character sketches, the original Tweets from the Exploris Middle School experience, and to keep up with Liana Gardner, visit the 7th Grade Revolution website

Author call-in information
: Liana Gardner is happy to call-in to or Skype with your club. Email the author to submit your request.

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