SJC Librarian’s Great Books Read-Aloud 2020
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 33, Bad News and Bad News

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 33, Bad News and Bad News

September 20, 2020

Putting the plan into motion, the kids jeopardize an ally.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11, Hermione’s Helping Hand
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 32, Sacrifices, Narrow Escapes, and Something Like a Plan

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 32, Sacrifices, Narrow Escapes, and Something Like a Plan

September 16, 2020

Some risks and perils ahead...but first, a plan.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 10, The House of Gaunt

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 10, The House of Gaunt

September 16, 2020

Harry has his first private lesson with Dumbledore and sees into Voldemort's history.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 31, The Mouse in the Culvert

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 31, The Mouse in the Culvert

September 13, 2020

Kate goes on a very dangerous mission.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9,The Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9,The Half-Blood Prince

September 13, 2020

Harry discovers the work of the mysterious HBP and wins a very interesting prize in Potions class.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 30, A Chess Lesson

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 30, A Chess Lesson

September 12, 2020

Reynie recalls a late night chess game with Mr. Benedict, and unravels a clue.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 8, Snape Victorious

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 8, Snape Victorious

September 12, 2020

Guess who got the Defense Against the Dark Arts job?

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 29, Know Thine Enemy

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 29, Know Thine Enemy

September 9, 2020

An old friend reappears as the kids become desperate for help.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7, The Slug Club

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7, The Slug Club

September 9, 2020

Harry ends up on the wrong side of Malfoy.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 28, Practice Makes Perfect

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 28, Practice Makes Perfect

September 7, 2020

Breaking in and discovering Mr. Curtain's diabolical plans.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6, Draco’s Detour

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6, Draco’s Detour

September 7, 2020

A visit to Fred and George's amazing joke shop - and a Draco sighting in the Dark Arts alley.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 27, Open Sesame

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 27, Open Sesame

September 6, 2020

The kids need to take some bold risks to get to the bottom of Mr. Curtain's evil plan.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5, An Excess of Phlegm

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5, An Excess of Phlegm

September 6, 2020

The gang is back together again at the Burrow, and O.W.L. results are in!

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 26, The Whisperer

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 26, The Whisperer

August 29, 2020

At last, Reynard and Sticky learn the secret of the "special privileges."

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4, Horace Slughorn

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4, Horace Slughorn

August 29, 2020

Recruiting trips with Dumbledore.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 25, Half a Riddle

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 25, Half a Riddle

August 23, 2020

Reynie and Sticky get a big surprise in the middle of the night.

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 3, Will and Won’t

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 3, Will and Won’t

August 23, 2020

Dumbledore and the Dursleys, hanging out in the den.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 24, Punishments and Promotions
Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 2, Spinner’s End

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 2, Spinner’s End

August 19, 2020

Surprise visitors, Snape, and a solemn vow.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 23, The Waiting Room
NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 1, The Other Minister

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 1, The Other Minister

August 18, 2020

Welcome to the 6th Harry Potter book.  I love reading in Fudge's voice, so this one was really fun. We meet a Muggle Prime Minister and a new character makes his debut.  Off we go!

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 22, Caught in the Act

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 22, Caught in the Act

August 17, 2020

Oh no, Sticky is in big trouble.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38, The Second War Begins

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38, The Second War Begins

August 17, 2020

The end of the book, the end of another wild school year at Hogwarts. Harry is exhausted, but there is hope. Book 6 coming up next!

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 21, Tactical Cactupi

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 21, Tactical Cactupi

August 16, 2020

The kids embark on more daring espionage.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37, The Lost Prophecy

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 37, The Lost Prophecy

August 16, 2020

Dumbledore finally reveals the truth to Harry.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 20, Of Families Lost and Found
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36, The Only One He Ever Feared
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 19, Everything as it Should Be

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 19, Everything as it Should Be

August 12, 2020

Reynie and friend meet some Helpers and start to realize what bad things Mr. Curtain is up to.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35, Beyond the Veil

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35, Beyond the Veil

August 12, 2020

Things get very very scary as the kids make their way through the MInistry of Magic.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 18, Tests and Invitations

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 18, Tests and Invitations

August 11, 2020

Reynie gets an unsettling invitation.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 34, The Department of Mysteries

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 34, The Department of Mysteries

August 11, 2020

Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville and Luna embark on a mission to save Sirius.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 17, A Surprising Suggestion

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 17, A Surprising Suggestion

August 10, 2020

Cheaters never prosper...but...

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33, Fight and Flight

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33, Fight and Flight

August 10, 2020

Guest Reader Alert:  It's been awhile since we had a guest, but I'm pleased to welcome one of my favorite teachers (and favorite people) to the podcast for today's chapter. Enjoy the dulcet tones of Jane F, 2nd grade teacher extraordinaire, to the podcast!

The Centaurs and Grawp are unlikely heroes, and oh, sorry Professor Umbridge.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 16, Poison Apples Poison Worms
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 32, Out of the Fire

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 32, Out of the Fire

August 9, 2020

Trouble is officially unleashed!

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 15, Logical Conclusions and Miscalculations
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31, O.W.L.s

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31, O.W.L.s

August 7, 2020

Here they are at last: O.W.L. exams. Test anxiety, last minute studying, and a shocking disturbance outside.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 14, People and Places to be Avoided

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 14, People and Places to be Avoided

August 5, 2020

Nobody ever enjoys the waiting room...

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30, Grawp

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 30, Grawp

August 5, 2020

Two big surprises ahead: one on the Quidditch pitch and one deep inside the Forbidden Forest.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29, Career Advice

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29, Career Advice

August 4, 2020

Harry learns what it takes to be an Auror - and Fred and George become Hogwart's LEGENDS!

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 13, Lessons Learned

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 13, Lessons Learned

August 4, 2020

The kids have more questions than ever after lessons begin.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 12, Beware the Gemini

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 12, Beware the Gemini

August 3, 2020

What the heck? Mr. Curtain??

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28, Snape’s Worst Memory

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28, Snape’s Worst Memory

August 3, 2020

A chapter chock full of twists and turns. This one was so fun to read aloud.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 11, Traps and Nonsense

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 11, Traps and Nonsense

August 2, 2020

Look out for man-eating plants, kids.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27, The Centaur and the Sneak
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 10, Nomansan Island

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 10, Nomansan Island

July 29, 2020

The children arrive at their new school with a new mission, a little excited and a lot nervous.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26 , Seen and Unforeseen

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 26 , Seen and Unforeseen

July 29, 2020

More decrees, more changes, and a growing movement among the students.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 9, The Naming of the Crew

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 9, The Naming of the Crew

July 28, 2020

Hmmm...what to name a band of young secret agents.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25, The Beetle at Bay

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