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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.

Tips for Reluctant Readers

Tip #2: Expand Their Horizons

Kitty Felde

This book club in Maryland discuss historical fiction and seventh grade boys.

This book club in Maryland discuss historical fiction and seventh grade boys.

This week's tip comes from Chrystal Graham, librarian at the Takoma Education Campus in Washington, DC. She says her students "tend to shy away from" historical fiction. But she persuaded a group of girls (pictured at the top) to read Laurie Hulse Anderson's novel about an African-American girl enslaved during the Revolutionary War.

The girls confessed they disliked the genre because it was too much like homework. But they found the novel Chains a real page turner and even sought out the followup novel Forge to find out what happened next.

Now, Graham plans to use the podcast to tempt other students to pick up not just that Chains, but other dreaded historical fiction as well. 

It's like brussel sprouts: how do you know you don't like it if you don't try it? 

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