Virtual Roundtable Reading: Chester and Gus

Recommended for ages 8 and up

  • Reading led by Linda Artel, former BAMPFA children’s film festival programmer

Young readers are invited to read aloud to each other from the opening of a good book. We will read from on-screen text for about forty-five minutes. A few days later, children who participated in the session will get a copy of the book in the mail to continue reading at home. Sign up for this event between July 9 and July 10, when the sign-up link will be active on this page. The meeting link will be sent to you on the morning of July 11.

Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern

Chester has always wanted to become a service dog, but when he fails his certification test, it seems like that dream might never come true. Then, a family adopts him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism. Gus acts differently than anyone Chester has ever met. He doesn’t want to pet Chester, and sometimes he doesn’t even want him in the room. Chester’s not sure how to help Gus but he’s determined to figure it out and show he’s the right dog for the job. Because after all, Gus is now his person.