FDBC embarks on “The Bad Beginning”

Make no bones about it, Lemony Snicket’s “The Bad Beginning” is “an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.” In our conversation, we tried to find some bright spots in this story, but still had to cover all the atrocities. We also talked about what’s coming next for FDBC.


Up Next: “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu

FDBC examines “The Thing About Jellyfish”

What is the thing about jellyfish? Our conversation explores the various ways that twelve-year-old Suzy tries to cope with the loss of her best friend, and how jellyfish factor into her grieving.


Up Next: “The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket

FDBC plays a game!

We thought we’d do something different for this episode and play a game. It’s a Father-Daughter question game where we try to see how well we know each other. It was fun for us to play and will hopefully bring some enjoyment to you also.  If you missed it, check out our discussion on Sharon Draper’s wonderful “Out of My Mind,”  and make sure to read Ali Benjamin’s “The Thing  About Jellyfish” so you can join  our next conversation!


FDBC gets “Out of My Mind”

Sharon Draper’s “Out of My Mind” explores what it would be like to grow up without being able to talk or walk. Join us as we discuss the challenges young Melody Brooks faces while coping with the limitations of cerebral palsy and being constantly misunderstood and underestimated.


Up Next: “The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin

FDBC catches “The Lightning Thief”

We learn that being a demigod may not be as glamorous as it sounds in Rick Riordan’s “The Lightning Thief.” We discuss our expectations of the book, what it’s like  growing up without a parent, and other themes such as loyalty and deception.


Up next: “Out of My Mind” by Sharon Draper

FDBC discovers “The Skin I’m In”

We enjoyed reading and discussing “The Skin I’m In” because it gave us the opportunity to explore themes such as bullying, peer pressure, and self esteem. We also took a cue from the book and asked each other, “What does your face say about you?” Tune in and join  the conversation!


Up next: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

FDBC explores “The Supernaturalist”

We dive into the realm of dystopian literature with Eoin Colfer’s “The Supernaturalist,” allowing us to explore themes such as trust, bravery, friendship, pollution, and overpopulation.


Up Next: “The Skin I’m In” by Sharon G. Flake

FDBC admires “Wonder”, Part 2

We finish our conversation about R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder”, a novel about Auggie Pullman’s first year in public school. We talk about Auggie’s journey, how he grew over the course of the year, what it means to choose kindness versus being right, and more.


Up Next: “The Supernaturalist” by Eoin Colfer

FDBC admires “Wonder”, Part 1

In part one of our chat on R.J. Palacio’s “Wonder”, we talk about the main character’s quiet strength, how important friendship is in the book, and how the author expertly provided multiple points of view. Join the conversation by leaving a comment below!