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VSA Future

Summer Book Club

Session A: June 28–July 9, 2021
Session B: July 12–23, 2021
Session C: July 26–August 6, 2021
Session D: August 9–20, 2021

Grade 2: Tues & Thurs, 5:30–6:30pm EDT
Grade 3: Tues & Thurs, 6–7pm EDT
Grade 4: Tues & Thurs, 7–8pm EDT
Grades 5–6: Thurs, 7–8pm EDT
Grades 7–8: Mon, 3–4pm EDT

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VSA Book Club encourages a deep engagement and active love for reading in students of all ages.
With weekly reading assignments and discussion topics, students come prepared to Book Club ready and eager to present and analyze literary themes, characterization, plot development, and more. In each session, students take turns leading and facilitating book discussions, as they build both their public speaking and leadership skills. Through writing responses, students distill their observations into clearly written and supported analysis. Book Club teachers guide students both in thinking critically about the text and in moderating a wide-ranging literary conversation. Over each 2-week session, students hone their reading, writing, and public speaking skills to become stronger readers and thinkers.

Grade 2 Book List
Tues & Thur, 5:30-6:30PM EDT

VSA Future Summer Reading List - Dory Fantasmagory

Dory Fantasmagory

By Abby Hanlon | 160 pages | Lexile: 650L | Session A (6/28–7/9/21)

As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them,

so she’s left to her own devices—including her wild imagination and untiring energy.
Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to
do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, moving into the closet, and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for.

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The Littles

By John Peterson | 80 pages | Lexile: 590L | Session B (7/12–7/23/21)

The Littles live in the walls of the Biggs’ house. But when the Biggs go on vacation a messy family comes to stay, the trouble begins. Mice! Cats! How much can one small family take? Will Tom and Lucy, the littlest Littles of all, be able to save the day?

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The Miniature World of Marvin & James

By Elise Broach | 112 pages | Lexile: 510L | Session C (7/26–8/6/21)

James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble—even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin’s friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend? 

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My Father’s Dragon

By Ruth Stiles Gannet | 80 pages | Lexile: 990L | Session D (8/9–8/20/21)

When Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, he learns of
a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might be entitled to a free ride. Elmer needs no further encouragement to stow away aboard a ship to the island, where he matches wits with hungry tigers, an irate gorilla, cranky crocodiles, and other moody creatures. A charmingly illustrated Newbery Honor Book, this comic adventure story has delighted generations of children. 

Grade 3 Book List
Tues & Thur, 6:00-7:00pm EDT

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The Magic Paintbrush

By Laurence Yep | 96 pages | Lexile: 530L | Session A (6/28–7/9/21)

Shen has a magic paintbrush that allows her paintings of fish and oysters to come to life. When an emperor hears of her gift, he demands she paint gold for him instead. How can she keep her promise to paint for the betterment of the poor? 

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The Hundred Dresses

By Eleanor Estes | 80 pages | Lexile: 870L | Session B (7/12–7/23/21)

At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time, it’s too late for apologies. Maddie, one of Wanda’s classmates, ultimately decides that she is never going to stand by and say nothing again. 

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The Chocolate Touch

Patrick Skene Catling | 128 pages | Lexile: 770L | Session C (7/26–8/6/21)

In this zany twist on the legend of King Midas and his golden touch, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate! Kids will eat this up for summer reading or anytime! Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out…. 

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The Water Horse

By Dick King-Smith | 128 pages | Lexile: 910L | Session D (8/9–8/20/21)

When Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, he learns of
a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might be entitled to a free ride. Elmer needs no further encouragement to stow away aboard a ship to the island, where he matches wits with hungry tigers, an irate gorilla, cranky crocodiles, and other moody creatures. A charmingly illustrated Newbery Honor Book, this comic adventure story has delighted generations of children. 

Grade 4 Book List
Tues & Thur, 7:00-8:00pm EDT

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Esperanza Rising

By Dick King-Smith | 128 pages | Lexile: 910L | Session D (8/9–8/20/21)By Pam Munoz Ryan | 272 pages | Lexile: 750L | Session A (6/28–7/9/21)

Esperanza thought she’d always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico—she’d always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn’t ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances—Mama’s life, and her own, depend on it. 

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Kira-Kira

By Cynthia Kadohata | 272 pages | Lexile: 740L | Session B (7/12–7/23/21)

kira-kira: glittering; shining Glittering. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea
is kira-kira for the same reason. And so are people’s eyes. When Katie and her family move from
a Japanese community in Iowa to the Deep South of Georgia, it’s Lynn who explains to her why people stop on the street to stare. And it’s Lynn who, with her special way of viewing the world, teaches Katie to look beyond tomorrow. But when Lynn becomes desperately ill, and the whole family begins to fall apart, it is up to Katie to find a way to remind them all that there is always something glittering—kira-kira—in the future.

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

By Eleanor Coerr | 80 pages | Lexile: 690L | Session C (7/26–8/6/21)

Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic—the star of her school’s running team. Then, the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the atom bomb disease, Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes, recalling a Japanese legend that holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. 

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The Lemonade War

By Jacqueline Davies | 192 pages | Lexile: 630L | Session D (8/9–8/20/21)

When Evan Treski finds out that his younger sister is skipping third grade and joining his fourth- grade class, he is not happy. The last thing he wants is Jessie showing him up with her perfect grades, and he definitely doesn’t need her help getting his lemonade stand up and running . . . even if the business side of things has got him confused. Jessie doesn’t understand why Evan won’t team up with her, but she’s got a plan to set up her own lemonade stand to prove her worth. Now if she can just figure out how to attract customers as easily as Evan can, she’ll be able to show him what he’s missing. Can these siblings do it all on their own, or will they need each other after all? And will their lemonade war ever end?

Grade 5-6 Book List
Thursday 7:00-8:00pm EDT​

VSA Future Book Club Grade 2 | VSA Future

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Edited by Ellen Oh | 240 pages | Lexile: 800L | Session A (6/28–7/9/21)

Great stories take flight in this adventurous middle-grade anthology crafted by ten of the most recognizable and diverse authors writing today. Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander delivers a story in-verse about a boy who just might have magical powers; National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson spins a tale of friendship against all odds; and Meg Medina uses wet paint to color in one girl’s world with a short story that inspired her Newbery award-winner Merci Suárez Changes Gear. Plus, seven more bold voices that bring this collection to new heights with tales that challenge, inspire, and celebrate the unique talents within us all.

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The Green Glass Sea

By Ellen Klages | 368 pages | Lexile: 790L | Session B (7/12–7/23/21)

It’s 1943, and eleven-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is en route to New Mexico to live with her mathematician father. Soon she arrives at a town that, officially, doesn’t exist. It is called Los Alamos, and it is abuzz with activity, as scientists and mathematicians from all over America and Europe work on the biggest secret of all—”the gadget.” None of them—not J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project; not the mathematicians and scientists; and least of all, Dewey—know how much “the gadget” is about to change their lives. 

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The City of Ember

By Jeanne DuPrau | 270 pages | Lexile: 680L | Session C (7/26–8/6/21)

The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to dim. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. Now, she and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues to keep the lights on. If they succeed, they will have to convince everyone to follow them into danger. But if they fail? The lights will burn out and the darkness will close in forever. 

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle | 320 pages | Lexile: 740L | Session D (8/9–8/20/21)

Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure—one that will threaten their lives and our universe. 

Grade 7-8 Book List
Monday 3:00-4:00pm EDT​

VSA Future Book Club Grade 2 | VSA Future

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

By Helen Oyeyemi | 352 pages | Session A (6/28–7/9/21)

Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built
around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. Oyeyemi’s tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers. 

VSA Future Book Club Grade 2 | VSA Future

Fresh Ink: An Anthology

Edited by Lamar Giles | 224 pages | Session B (7/12–7/23/21)

All it takes to rewrite the rules is a little fresh ink in this remarkable YA collection from thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more, and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. 

VSA Future Book Club Grade 2 | VSA Future

Find Layla

By Meg Elison | 187 pages | Session C (7/26–8/6/21)

Underprivileged and keenly self-aware, SoCal fourteen-year-old Layla Bailey isn’t used to being noticed. All she wants to do is indulge in her love of science, protect her vulnerable younger brother, and steer clear of her unstable mother. Then a school competition calls for a biome. Layla chooses her own home, a hostile ecosystem of indoor fungi and secret shame. With a borrowed video camera, she captures it all. Then the video goes viral. When Child Protective Services comes to call, Layla loses her family and her home. Defiant, she must face her bullies and friends alike, on her own. Now she has to figure out how to stay whole and stand behind the truth she has shown the world. 

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Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng | 368 pages | Session D (8/9–8/20/21)

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.