Everything Books: August 28, 2020

‘Madi Goes to Virtual School’ shows younger students we’re in this together

Rob Morgan, author of “Madi Goes to Virtual School,” started school at Kaneohe Elementary on Oahu before transferring to Hahaione Elementary School and then back to the mainland. He would’ve never imagined a start to school like we are seeing this year. His new book aims to calm the anxiousness of students who are going back to an education that looks a little different.


“Madi Goes to Virtual School,” released Aug. 18, is currently listed on Amazon’s Hot New Releases for Children’s School Issues.

The book, illustrated by Noel Mugaviri, tells the story of Madi, a young girl who is startled to learn that she’ll be staying home on her first day of school. As Madi eats her mile-high stack of pancakes that first morning, her father assures her that while this school year will be different, different will be okay. Madi has gray days and cheerful days, she participates in virtual activities with her classmates, and she creatively finds ways to pass the time, knowing that it is important to beat “this stinking sickness.” Along the way, she discovers just how much fun virtual learning can be.

Morgan lives with his wife and three children in Bridgewater, Virginia. He entered the children’s literature scene in 2016 with The Adventures of Arnie the Ant, a retelling of Elisabeth Elliot’s anecdote of an ant, a mountain climber, and a contact lens.

For more information about “Madi Goes to Virtual School,” contact Morgan at morgan_books@outlook.com.

AARP hosts book club via Zoom

AARP Hawaii hosts its September book club via Zoom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion.

The book tells the story of Don Tillman, a professor of genetics who has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project.


The AARP Hawaii book club is currently focusing on books that have been out for a while and may be available via the public library system. AARP Hawaii will provide a free Kindle edition version of this book to the first five newcomers to the book discussion.

To register, visit https://aarp.cvent.com/bookclub9-3.

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