SJC Librarian’s Great Books Read-Aloud 2020
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
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 8, The Thing to Come

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 8, The Thing to Come

July 27, 2020

What is the terrifying thing that is coming?

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter24, Occlumency

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter24, Occlumency

July 27, 2020

Private lessons with Professor Snape - what could be more fun than that?

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 7, Codes and Histories

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 7, Codes and Histories

July 26, 2020

Time to brush up on Morse code!

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23, Christmas on the Closed Ward

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23, Christmas on the Closed Ward

July 26, 2020

A merry day for Sirius and an illuminating visit to St. Mungo's.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 6, The Men in the Maze

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 6, The Men in the Maze

July 22, 2020

Intruder alert! Intruder alert!

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22, St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22, St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries

July 22, 2020

Dumbledore, Sirius, Tonks and Mad-Eye make sure the Weasleys escape to the hospital to check on Mr. Weasley. And Harry overhears something shocking on the Extendable Ear.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 5, The Sender and the Messages

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 5, The Sender and the Messages

July 21, 2020

Mr. Benedict starts to reveal the alarming truth about secret, nefarious messages infiltrating the brains of...everyone.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21, The Eye of the Snake

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21, The Eye of the Snake

July 21, 2020

Confusing first kisses and very scary visions.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 4, The Trouble with Children, or, Why They are Necessary

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 4, The Trouble with Children, or, Why They are Necessary

July 20, 2020

Meet Mr. Benedict and find out what narcolepsy is (it's a real thing).

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20, Hagrid’s Tale

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 20, Hagrid’s Tale

July 20, 2020

Welcome back Camilla S, our favorite guest reader direct from London, England!  And guess who else is back? Hagrid!

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 3, Squares and Arrows

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 3, Squares and Arrows

July 19, 2020

More mysterious tests and a very odd house.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19, The Lion and the Serpent

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19, The Lion and the Serpent

July 19, 2020

Just when things are looking up, the Slytherins play dirty, and a Quidditch match ends in disaster.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18, Dumbledore’s Army

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18, Dumbledore’s Army

July 16, 2020

Things are looking up for Harry and his new army of friends.

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 2, Spectacles and Buckets

The Mysterious Benedict Society, Chapter 2, Spectacles and Buckets

July 16, 2020

Reynie is not the only student to "pass" the first couple of tests.

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart

July 15, 2020

Students have been recommending this book to me for years! Happy to finally be reading it. Nothing like a good mystery in the middle of summer.  Enjoy Chapter 1!

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17, Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17, Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four

July 15, 2020

Umbridge is at it again - this time, outlawing everything fun.

Jackie & Me, Chapter 16, 17, 18 and 19.

Jackie & Me, Chapter 16, 17, 18 and 19.

July 14, 2020

The end of the book, the beginning of a movement. Thank you for being an American Hero, Jackie.

Tomorrow: NEW BOOK! Are you ready for a good mystery?

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 16, In the Hog’s Head
Jackie & Me, Chapters 14 & 15

Jackie & Me, Chapters 14 & 15

July 13, 2020

One of the most exciting World Series ever, and a slightly deranged bat boy named Ant.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 15, The Hogwarts High Inquisitor

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 15, The Hogwarts High Inquisitor

July 13, 2020

Okay, Professor Umbridge is a horrible person, but doing her voice is loads of fun.

Jackie & Me, Chapters 12 & 13

Jackie & Me, Chapters 12 & 13

July 12, 2020

When Ant starts to suspect that Joe is from somewhere else, Joe runs for his life and makes an unexpected trip.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14, Percy and Padfoot

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14, Percy and Padfoot

July 12, 2020

Oh Percy, Percy, Percy....what has happened to you!

Jackie & Me, Chapter 11

Jackie & Me, Chapter 11

July 9, 2020

It is hard to imagine the kind of racism that Jackie had to face and endure.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13, Detention with Dolores

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13, Detention with Dolores

July 9, 2020

Yikes, without doubt the worst detention ever.

Jackie & Me, Chapters 9 & 10

Jackie & Me, Chapters 9 & 10

July 8, 2020

Play ball!

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12, Professor Umbridge

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12, Professor Umbridge

July 8, 2020

There are teachers who change your life, and then, there's Professor Umbridge.

Jackie & Me, Chapters 7 & 8

Jackie & Me, Chapters 7 & 8

July 7, 2020

Being a batboy is very hard, but worth the pain and taunting to play catch with Jackie at Ebbets Field.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11, The Sorting Hat’s New Song

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11, The Sorting Hat’s New Song

July 7, 2020

Welcome back guest reader, Camilla S from London, UK!

Jackie & Me, Chapters 5 and 6

Jackie & Me, Chapters 5 and 6

July 6, 2020

Joe meets Jackie, with a surprise or two along the way.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10, Luna Lovegood

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10, Luna Lovegood

July 6, 2020

All aboard the Hogwart's Express for another school year, and some unique new friends.

Jackie & Me, Chapters 3 and 4

Jackie & Me, Chapters 3 and 4

July 5, 2020

Baseball cards and moms and dads.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9, The Woes of Mrs. Weasley
NEW BOOK STARTS NOW:  Jackie & Me, by Dan Gutman, Introduction and Chapters 1-2

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: Jackie & Me, by Dan Gutman, Introduction and Chapters 1-2

July 2, 2020

One of my all-time faves, Jackie & Me is part fantasy, part historical fiction, part love letter to baseball, and an all-out tribute to the courage of American hero, Jackie Robinson. Enjoy!

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8, The Hearing

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 8, The Hearing

July 2, 2020

Harry gets his day in court.  Will he be expelled? or worse?

Unbound, Episode 13 - FINAL EPISODE and Authors Notes

Unbound, Episode 13 - FINAL EPISODE and Authors Notes

July 1, 2020

Freedom and family. The end of Grace's story as a slave, but the beginning of a new life free of the chains of human bondage.  To learn more about the thousands of escaped slaves who made a new life in the Great Dismal Swamp, go here: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/great-dismal-swamp/

Coming up tomorrow, a new novel, in honor of baseball (I miss it so much) and the one and only Jackie Robinson!

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7, The Ministry of Magic

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7, The Ministry of Magic

July 1, 2020

Inside the hallowed halls of the Ministry, Harry must face Fudge and his cronies at last.

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