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Book Club for Kids is a podcast where middle school readers discuss the books they love with host Kitty Felde. The author answers questions. A celebrity reads from the book.

Bonus Episode - Ottumwa, Iowa Middle School Book Club Favorites

Kitty Felde

Members of the monthly Middle School Book Club at the Ottumwa, Iowa Public Library

Members of the monthly Middle School Book Club at the Ottumwa, Iowa Public Library

This Bonus Episode comes to us from the Ottumwa Public Library in Iowa. Ottumwa's Middle School Book Club has been meeting since December of 2015. Since a number of members will be moving out of middle school after this school year, they have already decided they want to form a Teen book club for next school year.

At a recent meeting, the kids came up with a new way to pick their next book for discussion: they wrote their suggestions slips of paper and picked one out of a bowl. How does your book club pick its books? Tell us!

Thanks to our readers in Ottumwa, Iowa: MacKenzie, Noah, Madison, Dylan, Janelle, Natalie – and to their librarian, Allyson Kirking.

Books Recommended by the Ottumwa Kids:

Smile – Raina Telgemeier
Magnus Chace and the Gods of Asgard – Rick Riordan
Alex Rider series – Anthony Horowitz
Russian Roulette – Anthony Horowitz
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
The Mark of the Dragonfly – Jaleigh Johnson
The Amazing Book is Now On Fire – Dan Howell & Phil Lester
Goosebumps Series – R.L. Stine
Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Rick Bunsen and Golden Books
The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins