SJC Librarian’s Great Books Read-Aloud 2020
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.

Unbound, Episode 12

Unbound, Episode 12

June 30, 2020

Deep, deep in the swamp, after days and nights of dangerous travel...a new home.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6, The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black
Unbound, Episode 11

Unbound, Episode 11

June 29, 2020

Into the swamp, where gators lie in wait.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 5, The Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 5, The Order of the Phoenix

June 29, 2020

A crazy house full of secrets (and screaming).

Unbound, Episode 10

Unbound, Episode 10

June 28, 2020

Life on the run is fraught with danger.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 4, Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 4, Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place

June 28, 2020

Reunited with his mates, Harry has a few questions he needs answered (and some anger issues to work through).

Unbound, Episode 9

Unbound, Episode 9

June 25, 2020

Grace learns a beautiful truth about Aunt Tempie.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3, The Advance Guard

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3, The Advance Guard

June 25, 2020

Please welcome a new guest reader, and one of my favorite preschool teachers, Margaret from Western Springs, Illinois! (Her daughters are pretty fab too).

Unbound, Episode 8

Unbound, Episode 8

June 24, 2020

Hiding out and making tough decisions.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2, A Peck of Owls

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2, A Peck of Owls

June 24, 2020

Owl after owl after owl - could drive an old man mad!

Unbound, Episode 7

Unbound, Episode 7

June 23, 2020

Part two begins: Grace and her family flee on foot into the dark, dark woods.

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1, Dudley Demented

Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1, Dudley Demented

June 23, 2020

THE 5TH BOOKS STARTS HERE! Dudley is back, and so are others whose names start with D.

Unbound, Episode 6

Unbound, Episode 6

June 22, 2020

Grace overhears a terrifying conversation between the Master and the Missus - and she knows she must act quickly.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 37, The Beginning

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 37, The Beginning

June 22, 2020

As another years ends, a dark, uncertain future looms for Harry and the other students, in a world where Voldemort has been reborn.

TOMORROW, we too have a beginning - we will start Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!  

Unbound, Episode 5

Unbound, Episode 5

June 21, 2020

A slave runs away and Grace must take his place at the big house.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 36, The Parting of the Ways

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 36, The Parting of the Ways

June 21, 2020

Now that Voldemort is really back, Dumbledore begins to circle the wagons, while Harry tries to cope with grief.

Unbound, Episode 4

Unbound, Episode 4

June 18, 2020

Grace finds it hard to stay silent in the face of cruelty and injustice, but the threat of the whip is always present.

Friday, June 19 - Juneteenth - celebrate freedom and learn about the past.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35, Veritaserum

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35, Veritaserum

June 18, 2020

Lots of veritas, but not much virtus. More surprises revealed.

Unbound, Episode 3

Unbound, Episode 3

June 17, 2020

Grace adjusts to the ugly realities of her new life, and sees a new friend face the whip.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 34, Priori Incantatem

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 34, Priori Incantatem

June 17, 2020

Direct from London, UK, it's Camilla, reading perhaps the most gripping chapter of the book! C'mon Harry...

Unbound, Episode 2

Unbound, Episode 2

June 16, 2020

New faces, new realities for Grace up at the master's house.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33, The Death Eaters

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 33, The Death Eaters

June 16, 2020

Ugh, Voldemort is such a narcissist. 

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: Unbound, A Novel in Verse, by Ann E. Burg

NEW BOOK STARTS NOW: Unbound, A Novel in Verse, by Ann E. Burg

June 15, 2020

In honor of Juneteenth, I'm proud to present Unbound, the story of Grace, an American slave who has courage beyond her years. If you don't know what Juneteenth is, visit https://www.juneteenth.com/ and if you are moved, you can find a petition to make it a nationwide United States holiday at http://nationaljuneteenth.com/Petition_Form.html.

Enjoy this incredible story!

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 32, Flesh, Blood, and Bone

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 32, Flesh, Blood, and Bone

June 15, 2020

Welcome back guest reader Camilla from London!  and welcome back Voldemort...

Hatchet, Chapter 19 and Epilogue

Hatchet, Chapter 19 and Epilogue

June 14, 2020

The fruits of hard work in the water - and a twist.

COMING NEXT: Unbound, by Ann E. Berg. A novel in verse, this is the powerful story of a slave girl and her family and the daring, risky choices they make to seek freedom. #celebratejuneteenth

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31, The Third Task

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31, The Third Task

June 14, 2020

This is it - the third and final task. With surprises around every corner.

Hatchet, Chapter 18

Hatchet, Chapter 18

June 11, 2020

Scary, claustrophobic, exhausting: a trip back inside the plane.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30, The Pensieve

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30, The Pensieve

June 11, 2020

Actually, I'd love to have a pensieve - like magical cloud storage but way more fun.

Hatchet, Chapter 17

Hatchet, Chapter 17

June 10, 2020

In the aftermath of a direct hit by a tornado, the plane rises from its watery grave.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 29, The Dream

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 29, The Dream

June 10, 2020

Welcome back, all the way from the great city of Seattle, Washington, guest reader Laura Z!  Thank you for sharing your wonderful voice with us, Laura. 

Hatchet, Chapter 16

Hatchet, Chapter 16

June 9, 2020

You would think a moose attack would be the worst part of a day. You'd be wrong.

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28, The Madness of Mr. Crouch
Hatchet, Chapter 15

Hatchet, Chapter 15

June 8, 2020

First Meat!

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27, Padfoot Returns

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27, Padfoot Returns

June 8, 2020

Sirius returns to shed some light on the mysterious Barty Crouch.

Hatchet, Chapter 14

Hatchet, Chapter 14

June 7, 2020

Brian is fast becoming a survival rock star. 

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26, The Second Task

Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26, The Second Task

June 7, 2020

Merpeople and moral fiber - a strange, but winning, combination.