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Book Reviews and Book Discussion Groups

 Listings of Book Discussion Groups in the Phoenix Metro area for homeschool student and parents.


This is a monthly literature club for 12 home schooling young ladies in grades 5 – 8 and their mothers. (You do not have to be members of our group to participate.) We discuss literature and our writing inspired by it; participate in crafts, games and other thematic activities. Sometimes we read the same selection; other times we read works of individual choosing on the same topic, genre or time period and students share (their choice) of a short oral or written or illustrated book report. This club is meant to inspire young ladies to read and journal, share ideas about both, and enjoy group activities and friendships with like-minded home schoolers. Yes, it’s educational but the emphasis is on literary enjoyment, not strenuous academics.

WHEN:  We meet monthly, generally on Tuesday nights, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  We are meeting Sept. 23 & Dec. 2 at the Glendale Library; Oct. & Nov. still needs to be scheduled.

WHERE:  Glendale Main Public Library. (59th Ave./South of Peoria Ave.) or other location in North or Northwest Valley

COST:  Daughters commit to read or listen to one book monthly and to journal at least once a month; Mothers sign up to prepare and bring a snack or activity (craft/game) to share or to be “back up” for another mom each month.

RSVP:  Club is open until we reach our maximum of 12 young ladies & their mothers; after that, we will take a waiting list.

CONTACT:  Dawn Horney for questions or to RSVP — GraceChristianHomeschoolers@hotmail.com
Click “Pickwick Story Club” Link



Le Salon Classic Book Discussion


The Salon:  A social gathering of fine minds who read and discuss the classics.  Classic writings are found in all fields from literature to history, science, art, economics, music and math, etc…We join the fine minds of the past (the authors of long ago) with the thinkers of today (that’s you!)

The discussions leave us challenged to think a little deeper, be a bit more creative, or just inspired to learn a little more.  These are just a few of the aims of a leadership/Thomas Jefferson-styled education.  We can mentor others as we ourselves are mentored by the classics and the exchange of ideas.

We meet every month on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

October – Othello by William Shakespeare


December – Poetry and Music (our most fun and social event of the year!)


On the “odd-numbered” months we are reading “Understanding the Times” by David Nobel


Note:  This group is for adults, but you do not have to be a homeschooler to participate.  To stay informed on meeting times, places, and our reading schedule, please see:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/classicbooksdiscussion/

You can also contact Renee Metcalf at:  (602) 242-3907 or apple_pi_314@hotmail.com



The Chandler Public Library Downtown is interested in starting some book discussion groups for Homeschoolers starting in January for Tweens (8-11 years old) – This group would read a variety of books, and Teens (12-15 years old) – This group would concentrate on the classics.   I need at least 8 students to make each group work. Feel free to make suggestions about day and time in your e-mail.

WHERE:  Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware Street, Chandler
WHO:  Phyllis Saunders, Phyllis Saunders, mailto:phyllis.saunders@chandleraz.gov if you are interested.

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