Junior Book Club

A book club for school-aged kids! 

The Junior Book Club is a great way to introduce your children to books they might not have read otherwise, while connecting with other children and families to share your thoughts on what you're reading. 

How does it work? 

- Register early to receive a free copy of the book to keep. Call us at 403-887-2130 or email sylvan.library@prl.ab.ca to register for this free program.

- Read the book, do the activities that accompany the book, then meet at the library to discuss. (If we are meeting via Zoom, we will send out an email with the Zoom link for participants to join and discuss their progress in the book and share their thoughts so far.)

Our current selection is Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall. The first 15 participants to sign up will receive a free copy of the book to keep. Loot kits will be available for pick-up starting April 26th. Registration is now open for this event.

Meet to discuss this book May 6, May 27, June 3, with a wrap-up party on June 17.
 Want to help choose the next book we read? Sign up and join Junior Book Club! 

Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall book cover

"Eleanor has just moved to the quiet, prosperous Eden Eld. When she awakes to discover an ancient grandfather clock that she’s never seen before outside her new room, she’s sure her eyes must be playing tricks on her. But then she spots a large bird, staring at her as she boards the school bus. And a black dog with glowing red eyes follows her around town. All she wants is to be normal, and these are far from normal. And worse–no one else can see them.

Except for her new friends, Pip and Otto, who teach her a thing or two about surviving in Eden Eld. First: Don’t let the “wrong things” know you can see them. Second: Don’t speak of the wrong things to anyone else.

The only other clue they have about these supernatural disturbances is a book of fairytales unlike any they’ve read before. It tells tales of the mysterious Mr. January, who struck a cursed deal with the town’s founders. Every thirteenth Halloween, he will take three of their children, who are never heard from again. It’s up to our trio to break the curse–because Eden Eld’s thirteen years are up. And Eleanor, Pip, and Otto are marked as his next sacrifice." - https://katemarshallbooks.com/book/thirteens/

Looking for a new book to read? Check out these past selections for the Junior Book Club!

Lemons by Melissa Savage

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget

Ember and the Ice Dragons by Heather Fawcett

Good Enough by Jen Petro-Roy

What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Jaclyn Hyde by Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. 

Sauerkraut by Kelly Jones. 

The Truth According to Blue by Eve Yohalem


The Turning by Emily Whitman

The Adventure is Now by Jess Redman

Beginners Welcome by Cindy Baldwin

Beginners Welcome book cover