December #SharpSchu Book Club

Thursday, December 15 | 8:00 PM CST / 9:00 PM EST

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and Don Tate

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8:00-8:15 PM CST: We will discuss Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions.


8:15-8:30 PM CST: Chris Barton and Don Tate will answer our questions.


You know the Super Soaker. It's one of the top twenty toys of all time. And it was an accidental discovery that brought it into being. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.


A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity were present in Lonnie Johnson's early life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, Lonnie demonstrated persistence and a passion for problem solving that became the cornerstone of his career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is Lonnie's invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made the most memorable splash in popular culture.

Dear Dragon by Josh Funk and Rodolfo Montalvo

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8:30-8:45 PM CST: We will discuss Dear Dragon.


8:45-9:00 PM CST: Josh Funk will answer our questions.


A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.

George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that the two friends don’t know: George is a human, while Blaise is a dragon! What will happen when these pen pals finally meet face-to-face?

Dear Dragon Book Trailer

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