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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.

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Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko

Alligator Bayou - Donna Jo Napoli

Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia/Margaret Stohl

Bees on the Roof - Robbie Shell

Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel - Kimberly Willis Holt

Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

Click Here: To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade - Denise Vega

Code Talker - Joseph Bruchac

Counting by 7's - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Crenshaw - Katherine Applegate

The Crossover - Kwame Alexander

Dead End in Norvelt - Jack Gantos

Divergent - Veronica Roth

The Door by the Staircase - Katherine Marsh

Double Identity - Margaret Peterson Haddix

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish

Eye of the Storm - Kate Messner

The First Rule of Punk - Celia Perez

Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Flying the Dragon - Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Foxheart - Claire Legrand

Garvey’s Choice - Nikki Grimes

Gilded - Christina Farley

The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu - Wendy Shang

The Honest Truth - Dan Gemeinhart

Hoodoo - Ronald L. Smith

The Hound of Rowan - Henry Neff

Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eagar

Hypatia Academy - Esther Goldenberg

I Lived on Butterfly Hill - Marjorie Agosin

Jackie & Me - Dan Gutman

James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl

The Jumbies - Tracey Baptiste

Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger

The Length of a String - Elissa Brent Weissman

The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine

A Little Wicked - Janet Macreery

A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case - Patricia Hruby Powell

A Mango Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

The Meringue Witches - Isora Morales Suarez

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban

Milo: Sticky Notes & Brain Freeze - Alan Silberberg

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

Moo - Sharon Creech

Old Yeller - Fred Gipson

One Amazing Elephant - Linda Oatman High

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Orleans - Sherri L. Smith

Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Our Teacher is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories - Mary Amato

Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

Pashmina - Nidhi Chanani

Passenger on the Pearl - Winifred Conkling

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

Public School Superhero - James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

Revolution - Deborah Wiles

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano - Sonia Manzano

Ribblestrop - Andy Mulligan

The Secret Zoo - Bryan Chick

The Shadows - Jacqueline West

Spy Mice - Heather Vogel Frederick

Spy School - Stuart Gibbs

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

Tales from the Odyssey - Mary Pope Osborne

The Tiger Rising - Kate DiCamillo

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

Turtle in Paradise - Jennifer L. Holm

Ungifted - Gordon Korman

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street - Karina Yan Glaser

The War That Saved My Life -  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead

Wonder - RJ Palacio

The Worst Class Trip Ever - Dave Barry

A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

 Coming soon:

Amulet - Kazu Kibuishi

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe - Tricia Springstubb

Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword - Henry LIen

Refugee - Alan Gratz

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

The Storm Runner - J.C. Cervantes

Watch Us Rise - Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


Episode 92 - The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

Kitty Felde

Michael, Seth, Alex, and Kyle are members of “The Great Brain Book Club”

Michael, Seth, Alex, and Kyle are members of “The Great Brain Book Club”

This week, we catch up with readers in Houston, Texas who love "The Great Brain" books by John D. Fitzgerald SO much, they named their book club after it. Not familiar with the book? A lot of the plot involves the oldest brother Tom who always has a new scheme to separate kids from their money. Our celebrity reader is J. Keith van Straaten, host of the game show podcast Go Fact Yourself. Our writer John D. Fitzgerald is no longer with us, but Sharon Madsen, the resident expert on Fitzgerald, says he was a man of many talents. Kitty Felde is host.

Celebrity reader J. Keith van Straaten is the host of the  Go Fact Yourself  podcast. You can find him at gofactyourpod.com and on Twitter at @gofactyourpod

Celebrity reader J. Keith van Straaten is the host of the Go Fact Yourself podcast. You can find him at gofactyourpod.com and on Twitter at @gofactyourpod

Sharon Madsen is the top John D. Fitzgerald expert

Sharon Madsen is the top John D. Fitzgerald expert

Sharon Madsen shared these pictures of the Fitzgerald family.


Favorite Books from “The Great Brain” Book Club:

The Great Brain at the Academy - John D. Fitzgerald

Crocodile Tears (the Alex Rider Series) - Anthony Horowitz

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

Sharon Madsen’s Favorite Book:

The Great Brain - John D. Fitzgerald

J. Keith van Straaten’s Favorite Book:

The Pigman - Paul Zindel

Episode 91 - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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Daniel, Katelyn, and Isabella from the DC International School

Daniel, Katelyn, and Isabella from the DC International School

Do you ever feel different? Peculiar? Perhaps not as peculiar as the kids in "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." Readers from the DC International School discuss Ransom Riggs' novel and pose questions to the author. NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block is celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

NPR Special Correspondent  Melissa Block

NPR Special Correspondent Melissa Block

Favorite Books from the DC International School:

Delirium - Lauren Oliver

James Patterson books

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

Ransom Riggs’ Favorite Book:

All American Boys - Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Melissa Block’s Favorite Book:

Charlotte’s Web - E.B. White


Thanks to JoBlo.com "a movie news website" for audio from Ransom Riggs.

Episode 18 - Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

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Gunston Middle schoolers Markel, Jhandira, and Amelia

Gunston Middle schoolers Markel, Jhandira, and Amelia

Sometimes, you just need a friend. Even if he’s imaginary, like the gigantic purple cat named Crenshaw. That’s the name of Newbery Award winning writer Katherine Applegate's new book "Crenshaw." The book is the story of a family on the verge of becoming homeless. Our student readers from Gunston Middle School talk about their own experiences volunteering at a homeless shelter. Actor Rodney Lizcano from the Denver Theater Center is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Sometimes, you just need a friend. Even if he’s imaginary, like the gigantic purple cat named Crenshaw. That’s the name of Newbery Award winning writer Katherine Applegate's new book "Crenshaw." The book is the story of a family on the verge of becoming homeless. Our student readers from Gunston Middle School talk about their own experiences volunteering at a homeless shelter. Actor Rodney Lizcano from the Denver Theater Center is our celebrity reader. Kitty Felde is host.

Rodney Lizcano is an actor and teaching artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Rodney Lizcano is an actor and teaching artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Recommended by Markel, Jhandira, and Amelia :

Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan

Divergent - Veronica Roth

The Unwanteds - Lisa McMann

Recommended by Katherine Applegate:

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

Milo Speck, Accidental Agent - Linda Urban