Parent-Tween Book Club

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Books are amazing parenting tools, a starting point for tween exploration of character lessons, truths, and issues, especially when tweens discuss them with parents. Although books have many scenarios available for parent-tween discussions, this club explores only one from each novel.

FREE Book Club Guides this month!
Once our Book Club officially launches, you will be able to access the Parent-Tween Book Club guides (and more) through a paid digital subscription to Thriving Family. Want to know more? Ask at reviewrequests@family.org.

Thriving Family's Book Club Picks for August/September 2014!

problems-in-plymouthraiders-from-sea

Find the book club discussion guide:
Promises: Keep your word.
Title: Problems in Plymouth by Marianne Hering and Marshal Younger
Reading level: third grade
Read the first chapter.
Purchase it.

Find the book club discussion guide:
Fear: You can always ask God for help.
Title: Raiders From the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson
Reading level: fourth grade
Note: Not all of the books in the book club are written from a Christian perspective, nor are all appropriate for all age groups. Read this book's review to verify that the book is right for your child. The inclusion of a scenario from and guide for this book is not an endorsement by Focus on the Family.
Purchase it.


What is the parent-tween book club?
This isn't an ordinary book club where you choose a title, read it on your own and then discuss different aspects of the story. First, the club is set up for parents and their tweens. Second, the books are listed by scenario topic, not title. Finally, you read these books out loud together: Parents can read them to tweens, tweens can read them to parents, or parents and tweens can alternate their reading.

Why do this?
Because books are filled with situations and issues that tweens may one day face. Why not explore how your child might respond to them now? When parents use literature as a springboard for a relevant discussion, they can talk with their tweens about moral choices, faith principles, character qualities, social issues and life skills in a nonthreatening way.

How do I get started?
While the guides are free, you can start with this month's picks or choose from the topics listed below. First read the book review, when available, to verify that this book is right for your tween. Then read the book aloud with your tween. When you have completed the book, find the corresponding book club Web page that will help you start a discussion with your tween.

Previous book club topics:

 

journey-to-joburgFind the book club discussion guide:
Apartheid: How the lack of education keeps people in poverty
Title: Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo
Reading level: fourth grade
Note: Not all of the books in the book club are written from a Christian perspective, nor are all appropriate for all age groups. Read this book's review to verify that the book is right for your child. The inclusion of a scenario from and guide for a book is not an endorsement of the book by Focus on the Family.

Purchase it.

 

passages-dariens-riseFind the book club discussion guide:
Authority: Who has it, and where does it come from?
Title: Darien's Rise by Paul McCusker; found within Passages - The Marus Manuscripts
Reading level: fourth grade
Read an excerpt of the first chapter.

Purchase it.

 

jungle-bookFind the book club discussion guide:
Boasting: Why you shouldn't brag about yourself
Title: The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story by Rudyard Kipling
Reading level: seventh grade
Note: Not all of the books in the book club are written from a Christian perspective, nor are all appropriate for all age groups. Read this book's review to verify that the book is right for your child. The inclusion of a scenario from and guide for a book is not an endorsement of the book by Focus on the Family.

Download it.

Note: Mowgli's story is found in the following three stories in The Jungle Book: "Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting" and "Tiger! Tiger!" Website references do not constitute blanket endorsement or complete agreement by Focus on the Family with information or resources offered at or through those sites.

life-behind-the-wall

Find the book club discussion guide:
Content: Being content in all circumstances
Title: Beetle Bunker by Robert Elmer
Reading level: fourth grade

Purchase it.

Note: Not all of the books in the book club are written from a Christian perspective, nor are all appropriate for all age groups. Read this book's review to verify that the book is right for your child. The inclusion of a scenario from and guide for a book is not an endorsement of the book by Focus on the Family.


bible-kidventuresFind the book club discussion guide:
Courage: Doing right by others at a cost to yourself
Title: Escape Underground by Clint Kelly
Reading level: fourth grade

Purchase it.

Note: Not all of the books in the book club are written from a Christian perspective, nor are all appropriate for all age groups. Read this book's review to verify that the book is right for your child. The inclusion of a scenario from and guide for a book is not an endorsement of the book by Focus on the Family.


redcoats-are-comingFind the book club discussion guide:
Religious liberty and the Founding Fathers
Title: The Redcoats Are Coming!
   by Marianne Hering and Nancy I. Sanders
Reading level: third grade
Read an excerpt of the first chapter.

Purchase it.




princess-and-the-goblinFind the book club discussion guide:
When friends don't share your faith
Title: The Princess and the Goblin
by George MacDonald
Reading level: sixth grade
Note: Not all of the books in the book club are written from a Christian perspective, nor are all appropriate for all age groups. Read this book's review to verify that the book is right for your child. The inclusion of a scenario from and guide for a book is not an endorsement of the book by Focus on the Family.

Purchase it.




Book Reviews

The book reviews in this index, cover content, themes and worldview of tween and teen books, not their literary merit. They are designed to equip parents with the information they need to decide if a book is appropriate for their children. A book's inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.

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