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Alpena library to host tween book club

ALPENA ­– The Alpena County Library is hosting an In BeTween Book Club at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 21.

Readers ages 9 – 11 are invited to sign up for the upcoming February/March In BeTween Book Club featuring “BenBee and the Teacher Griefer: The Kids Under the Stairs,” by K.A. Holt. Registration is available on the library website and Facebook page.

Registered participants will receive a book club kit in advance of the meeting, which includes:

– 1 copy of the book

– 1 set of discussion questions

– 1 bookmark

– 1 activity or craft

Participants will be contacted via email to pick up their book club kit, which will include a copy of the book to keep, discussion questions, a bookmark featuring similar books to check out, and an activity/craft.

The discussion for this book will be held via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 21. A link to join the chat will be sent out shortly before the meeting, with a reminder email sent the day of the discussion.

This program series is made possible through the support of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and the Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council.

About the book:

“BenBee and the Teacher Griefer is a funny, clever novel-in-verse (and first in a series) about Ben Bellows — who failed the Language Arts section of the Florida State test — and three classmates who get stuck in a summer school class. But these kids aren’t dumb — they’re divergent thinkers, as Ms. J tells them: they simply approach things in a different way than traditional school demands.

“Soon, the kids win over Ms. J with their passion for Sandbox, a Minecraft-type game. The kids make a deal with Ms. J: every minute they spend reading aloud equals one minute they get to play Sandbox in class. But when the administration finds about this unorthodox method of teaching, Ben B. and his buds have to band together to save their teacher’s job — and their own academic future.”

For more information visit www.alpenalibrary.org or the Library’s Facebook page.

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