Book Club Discussion: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  I asked From Left to Write members to reread this classic and/or to introduce their children to this childhood classic.  Many of our members enjoyed the bonding time as they read the books aloud or along with their kids.

Take a look at what our bloggers had to say as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Some even had their children join the discussion! Then make sure you enter the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes (see below for details on how):

Now that you’ve read our discussion,  celebrate along with us!  To celebrate this milestone, Penguin Young Readers Group, in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world-famous candy emporium, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books for children from low-income families, is launching a year-long international celebration.

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Enter the National Golden Ticket Sweepstakes (Ends on August 15th)

Don’t wait to enter because the contest ends August 15th! Plus, for each  each sweepstakes entry received, Penguin will make a donation First Book. For sweepstakes entry forms, visitRoaldDahl.com or download your form here.

Inspired by the Golden Ticket Competition in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which provided Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregard, Mike Teavee, and Charlie Bucket with golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s mysterious Chocolate Factory, Penguin Young Readers Group will grant FIVE lucky winners the Golden Ticket trip of a lifetime to New York City that includes:

  •   A VIP experience at Dylan’s Candy Bar
  •  Tickets to Matilda the Musical
  •  A year’s supply of chocolate
  •  A visit to the Empire State building
  •  A library of Roald Dahl books
  • And MORE!

In partnership with First Book, a non-profit that provides books for children from low-income families.  Penguin Young Readers provides:

  •  A monetary donation and one brand new Penguin trade children’s book for every national sweepstakes entry received.  The book donation will include copies of the anniversary edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which will be distributed by First Book to registered programs and schools serving children in need throughout the United States and Canada.
  • A donation of a full set of Dahl Penguin titles (17 in total), 50 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory books, and a bean bag to each school selected by First Book’s Advisory Boards in 20 markets as part of the First Book Golden Ticket Giveaway.

Book Club Day: Those We Love Most + Win Video Chat with Lee Woodruff!

Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff

We’re starting off our first summer book club read with Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff. The books’ family members whose lives are forever intertwined not just by blood and marriage but by a tragic accident. You’ll be able to relate to at least one, if not many of the characters in the book.

I’m also very excited to announce that you can win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff so you and your book club (or friends) can talk about Those We Love Most!

First, take a look at how our From Left to Write members were inspired by our book club selection this month:

Wow, right? Make sure you pick up a copy of Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the book.  Make sure you keep up with Lee Woodruff and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Ready to enter the giveaway? One lucky winner will win a live video chat with Lee Woodruff, author extraordinaire, so you and your book club (or friends) can talk about Those We Love Most!  To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below. (If you’re using a feed reader, you’ll have to click through to the site to enter.)

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Book Club Day: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

 

Living in a war torn land brings out  the best and worst out of humanity. In his novel  A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra beautifully captures his characters’ hopes, dreams, and loss. The novel is not about life in Chechnya, but how strangers bond over challenging times. Though not strangers, Akmed rescues little Havaa after her father is taken away and her home is burned down. Akmed comes to Sonja for help, even though he only knows her through her reputation as a doctor. Together, they find ways to survive, both physically and spiritually.

Today is book club day for our June pick.  Join our book club members as we discuss A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Head over to their sites and read what themes resonated for them:

 

Don’t forget to grab your copy of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.You can also follow Anthony Marra on Twitter.

Book Club Day: Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton

When a mother’s child is hurt, she tries her best to make him or her feel better. What if she’s unable to help?  In Rosamund Lupton’s  Afterwards, Grace attempts to discover the culprit who set fire to her children’s school but faces an obstacle that she cannot overcome.

Our book club members felt passionate about this novel and its themes. This was an intense for many of our members as there are a lot of mothers in our community.  Visit their blogs and join our discussion for Afterwards:

 

 

Are you dying to know who the arsonist was? Grab a your copy of  Afterwards and find out. In the meantime, you can also find Rosamond Lupton at her websiteFacebook page, and on Twitter.

Have you read Afterwards? What are your thoughts on it?

Book Club Day: Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison

Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison

Raising children is challenging for every parent, but what is parenting like when both father and son have Asperger’s?  In his latest memoir  Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives, John Elder Robison gives readers an in depth glimpse into his journey into fatherhood. Up through his son’s teenage years, at least.

Today our From Left to Write book club members share their thoughts about special needs, parents, and much more.  Visit their blogs and comment to join the discussion:

 

Make sure to pick up your copy of Raising Cubby. You can learn more about John Elder Robison on his website and connect with him on Facebook.

 

 

 

Book Club Day: Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman

When we marry our beloved, we truly want it to be “until death do us part.” What if the death happens much sooner than you planned? When Becky Aikman became a widow in her forties, she was kicked out of her widow grief group for being too young. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Aikman formed her own support group. Instead of wallowing in grief, The Blossoms sought ways to grow and live fully.

Death and widowhood are not topics we regularly talk about.  Please visit our bloggers and join our discussion of our February book club selection, Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman.

Grab your copy of Saturday Night Widows and make sure you follow Becky Aikman on her websiteFacebook, and Twitter