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Companion Books


Saratoga Reads! Junior


Each year Saratoga Reads chooses junior companion titles to complement the program’s selected book of the year and organizes junior programming inspired by these books for school-age children.

The featured companion books are designed to appeal to a wide of range of age groups and include a picture book, a short novel for middle grade students and a novel for young adults.


October 15, 2013
Junior companion books for 2013-14

To engage young readers of all levels, Saratoga Reads has developed a list of “companion books” that complement And the Mountains Echoed. In the category of picture books, the top recommendation is The Sandwich Swap, by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Tricia Tusa. The book tells the story of two young girls from different cultural backgrounds whose choices of food become a contentious issue, only to wind up bonding them in a close friendship.

The top choice for the middle grades is Extra Credit, by Andrew Clements, which explores a pen-pal relationship between Illinois sixth-grader Abby Carson and Sadeed Bayat, the best English-language student in his Afghan village.

Among the companion titles for young adult readers is The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis. Set in Afghanistan, the book tells the story of a young girl whose father is arrested by the Taliban. To support her family she decides to masquerade as a boy in order to earn a living in the marketplace.

View detailed information about this year's junior books here.

Junior Events
Be sure to check the Saratoga Reads! online EVENTS CALENDAR for events targeting junior readers throughout the season.

Junior Advisory Group
The members of this year's Junior Advisory Group are:
  • Jennifer Ogrodowski, Department Head, Youth Services, Saratoga Springs Public Library
  • Catherine Golden, Professor of English, Skidmore College
  • Tabitha Orthwein, Executive Board Chair, Saratoga Reads!
  • Lauren Cohen, Book Selection Coordinator, Saratoga Reads!
  • Peg Ruben, retired second grade teacher, Saratoga Springs School District
  • Leslie Nover, Librarian, Saratoga Springs Public Library & Saratoga Reads! Executive Board Member
 
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