SJC Librarian’s Great Books Read-Aloud 2020
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

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