TFK Author Hangouts

Join TIME For Kids for the Google Connected Classrooms’ virtual book club series

August 05, 2014


This summer, TIME For Kids is partnering with Google Connected Classrooms and National Book Foundation's afterschool reading program BookUp for a virtual book club series. Each book club will feature a conversation with a TFK Kid Reporter, an author, and a group of BookUp students over Google Hangouts On Air. You can watch a live broadcast by clicking the links below. (The links will take you to TFK’s Google Plus page. You do not need to sign in to view). Missed a Hangout? Check back for a YouTube video to view the full conversation.


Upcoming Hangouts


It List

TFK Kid Reporter Bridget Bernardo will host a live chat with author Megan McCafferty about her book It List. Check back for the date and time.








Previous Hangouts:

Boxers & Saints

TFK Kid Reporter Sahil Abbi led a live chat with author Gene Luen Yang about his graphic novels American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints on Monday, August 4 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Watch the discussion below.

What’s the book about?

Boxers & Saints is a two part graphic novel about the Boxer Rebellion, a peasant uprising in 1900 that attempted to banish foreigners from China. The story is told from the viewpoints of a young rebel who leads a force trying to rid China of foreign influence and a girl who accepts Christianity after being rejected by her Chinese culture.

Who would enjoy this book?

Young adults and fans of graphic novels would greatly enjoy Yang's beautiful illustrations and unique storytelling.


Goblin Secrets

TFK Kid Reporter Grace Clark led a discussion with author William Alexander about his National Book Award-winning novel, Goblin Secrets. Students from BookUp - Cross Island YMCA, in Hollis, New York, joined the conversation. Check out the video below.

What’s the book about?

Rownie is an orphaned boy who lives with his adopted grandmother in Zombay. He has always been fascinated by goblins. Even though acting is illegal for people in Zombay, goblins can act because, technically, they aren't people. One day, Rownie meets a group of actor goblins and he falls in love with the craft. He runs away and joins the acting crew. He hopes to become a great performer and find his brother, a missing actor.

Who would enjoy this book?

People who are fascinated by goblins, acting, and dystopian worlds would enjoy this book.


True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

TFK Kid Reporter Camryn Garrett led a discussion with author Kathi Appelt about her book True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. Students from Bronx, New York, joined the conversation. Check out the video below.

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