Maine Student Book Award books will be the highlight of a discussion group that starts at Gibbs Library on Thursday, June 30. “Heart of a Samurai,” by Margie Preus will be the first book discussed. This historical fiction is for students in fifth to eighth grade. In it, an American whaling ship rescues 14-year-old Manjiro when he is shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific in 1841. Based on a true story, the boy who dreamed of becoming a samurai in Japan instead becomes the first Japanese to visit America.

On July 28, the “Smile,” by Raina Telgemeier will be discussed. It’s a graphic novel for students from fifth to eighth grade. Smile is an autobiographical memoir that chronicles Raina’s journey through braces, dental surgery, and a false tooth while coping with teasing friends, unreciprocated crushes, and changes galore.

On Aug. 18, the group will discuss “A Long Walk to Water: A Novel: Based on a True Story,” by Linda Sue Park. This historical fiction is for fourth to eighth grades. It tells of two Sudanese children who grow up years apart. Both struggle to survive, their stories meshing in a heroic ending.

Books are available at Gibbs Library for students who register for the book discussion group. The meetings are held at 6 p.m. each night in the library and include hearty snacks. Gibbs Library is located at 40 Old Union Road, Washington. For more information, call 845-2663.