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Teen Book Club

August 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Teen Genre Book Club

Award Winning Books

For 2020, each month we will read the winner of a different teen book award.  At book club, we will discuss the book and the award and do an activity related to the book.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t finished or even started the book!

For August the book award is the Buckeye Book Award and the winning book we will be reading is Refugee by Alan Gratz.  For our activity we will play an interactive video game about life as a refugee.

Buckeye Book Award

The Buckeyes are the only state reader’s choice award in which students get to nominate the titles as well as vote on the final winners. The only adults who may submit nominations or votes are teachers and librarians who are representing a group of students from their school or library. This allows the Buckeyes to be truly a student-chosen award in all aspects.


Refugee was the 2018 winner of the Buckeye Book Award.

Three different kids.

One mission in common: ESCAPE.

Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world…

Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…

Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe…

All three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers–from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But for each of them, there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, surprising connections will tie their stories together in the end.

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August 26, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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