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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder: A Book Club Guide

Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Author: Holly Jackson

Publisher: Ember

Copyright: 2019

When her teacher assigned a Senior Capstone project, Pip knew immediately that she would be spending her final year of high school proving the innocence of Sal Singh. Five years earlier, Sal was found dead with a suicide note admitting to the murder of his girlfriend, Andie Bell. Andie went missing a few days earlier and it was believed that Sal was the last person to see her alive.

But Pip never fell for that version of the story.

There were too many red flags for Pip to just assume that Sal murdered his girlfriend. Long after the rest of the town stopped searching, Pip still wrestled with the case. Under the facade of a school project, Pip engaged in interviews, followed leads, and disregarded threats of danger as she worked to prove the innocence of Sal Singh. With the help of Sal’s younger brother, Ravi, Pip builds a case and a list of suspects longer than she ever anticipated. Andie had woven a thick strand of lies and unusual behavior prior to her disappearance, and Pip made it her job to untangle those threads…

My first Book Club Guide is now available in my Products for $5.00. In this seven-page guide, there are places to record notes while you read and points for discussion in small group settings. As I read this book, it was helpful to have space to describe characters and persons of interest in the case because Pip chased many rabbits down their holes in her quest to learn what happened to Andie Bell.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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Guide to Hosting a Book Club Freebie

This is my first school year since I began my teaching career 12 years ago that I do not teach an English class. I am exclusively a World History teacher and I am loving that role. However, English runs in my veins and I am missing some of the class discussions and learning surrounding novels in my classroom.

Nothing can replace the collective investment in the same characters and story. I miss the days when students would come in and beg to read all period so they could find out what happens next.

Just because I am no longer a high school English teacher doesn’t mean those experiences must come to an end.

I’ve taken years of experience in the classroom, my passion for books, and my interest in growing deep rooted communities to create a Guide to Hosting a Book Club. This four-page workbook walks you through how to plan for a successful book club launch or how to streamline the organization of an already established club.

In this guide, I walk you through creating norms for your group and choosing the right material to consider. I am also happy to launch this guide as a free resource for The Ameri Brit Mom community.

In the coming weeks, you will hear more about my book club in the works. If you are a reader and would be interested in joining a book club drop me a comment or a private message.

Keep Reading!

The Ameri Brit Mom

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The Great Alone: A Book Review

Title: The Great Alone

Author: Kristin Hannah

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Copyright Date: 2018

*Setting for book challenge: Isolated Location (Kaneq, Alaska)

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The Vietnam War stole Leni Allbright’s father.

He returned in 1974 a former POW and a new man with a violent streak. His love for her mother ran deep, but flipped a switch in him. And that switch hurt her mother. Every episode ended with an apology and every time Cora took him back. Meanwhile, teaching her teenage daughter that to wake up to broken glass, overturned furniture, empty whiskey bottles and a mother speckled black and blue is normal.

News that they inherited a cabin in Alaska brings Leni hopes that the move will help him. They pack their Volkswagen bus and settle on a homestead in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness. Leni’s small family from Seattle learns to live off the land and adjust to life without electricity where their nearest neighbor is miles away.

They quickly become part of their new community in Kaneq. Leni befriends Matthew, the only other teenager in town, and he teaches her how to prepare for her first winter in Alaska. He strengthens Leni’s spirit and shows her that love doesn’t have to mean being a punching bag and letting men walk all over you.

“Everyone up here had two stories: the life before and the life now.”

During their first winter in Kaneq, the citizens face a horrific tragedy that soon brings division. When they need to lean into one another for support the town scatters themselves and builds walls of hatred.

“They were trapped, by environment and finances, but mostly by the sick, twisted love that bound her parents together.”

This was a beautifully written novel about a young girl learning to survive harsh circumstances and weather. Life dealt Leni an unfortunate hand, but throughout the course of her story she learns how to live unbroken.

I haven’t read a book I loved this much in a long time. There were at least five twists in this plot that I NEVER SAW COMING. I love a good, unpredictable read. I found myself constantly wanting to know what would happen next. I cheered for Leni, screamed at her mother, and all but spit at her abusive father.

This year, my goal is read books set all over the world. This is my first book of 2019. As I complete books this year I plan to share some details I learn about different corners of the world.

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I felt like I was in the last frontier as I read this novel. Glacier filled white mountains, cloudless cornflower blue skies, fjords, and northern lights all drew me into the landscape of this beautiful state. Orcas, seals, otters, bears, moose, bald eagles, ptarmigans, and cormorants were all wildlife that appeared in the secluded woods of Kaneq.

“The natural world spoke loudest here.”

I experienced both of the Alaskan seasons. The days where the sun barely set were unusual to me. I found myself wondering how one could fall asleep at midnight with the light of day still bright. Other days, the sun surfaced for only a couple of hours. How depressing that must be to endure! I learned that in many parts of Alaska one must travel over the ice by small planes and that during the winter months casualty numbers were high due to stupid mistakes and poor planning.

I’m off on another travel. Stay tuned to see my latest reading destination.

The Ameri Brit Mom