The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements

The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements

The Last Holiday Concert

by Andrew Clements

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held December 14, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

For Hart Evans, being the most popular kid in sixth grade has its advantages. Kids look up to him, and all the teachers let him get away with anything — all the teachers except the chorus director, Mr. Meinert. When Hart’s errant rubber band hits Mr. Meinert on the neck during chorus practice, it’s the last straw for the chorus director, who’s just learned he’s about to lose his job due to budget cuts. So he tells the class they can produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. It’s all up to them. And who gets elected to run the show? The popular Mr. Hart Evans. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J.K. Rowling

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held October 12, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to Hogwarts, a school for wizards, and he begins to discover some curious clues. As he is greeted by a lovable giant, introduced to the unique curriculum and colorful teachers, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

book 1 in the Harry Potter series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★ and said “When I first read this (14 years ago!) it was the first book I’d actually enjoyed for a long while…. The thing about Harry Potter was that he too had plenty of problems but they were presented in such a fantastic way that plowing through them with him was engaging to the reader. The author was able to side-step what I call “the Emperor’s New Clothes” syndrome and actually address topics silenced by “p.c.” (Political Correctness) by dressing them up in new attire.

Many adults object to children being okay with “witches” and such, but taking that path opened up so many other paths for the writer (and reader) to explore.

Since my first reading I’ve read this and the subsequent titles aloud to my children several times. Each time we stop and talk about the character’s choices and the consequences of the choices (not in a didactic hammer sort of way, but simply as a puzzling-it-out way). The books have served as vehicles for sharing personal and family and cultural values.

Of course we read aloud from other books, including scriptures, as a family. Just as my children (now grown) never had any trouble confusing ‘Santa’ or ‘Halloween’ or ‘Easter Bunny’ with their Christian faith and beliefs, neither did Harry Potter or any of the other ‘fantasy’ genre we have enjoyed reading detract from their core religious beliefs. Somehow, for us, it is all part of the tapestry of our lives.”

Valerie rated it ★★★★★

Katra rated it ★★★★★

Bekka rated it ★★★★★

Courtney rated it ★★★★

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

by Tom Angleberger

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held on May 11, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

IT TAKES THE WISDOM OF YODA TO SURVIVED THE SIXTH GRADE

Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him “Captain Dwight.” This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day.

But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that’s when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions.

Tommy wants to know how Origami Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is Yoda tapping into the Force? It’s crucial that Tommy figure out the mystery before he takes Yoda’s advice about something VERY IMPORTANT that has to do with a girl.

This is Tommy’s case file of his investigation into “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.”

book 1 in the Origami Yoda series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Johnathan rated it ★★★★ and said “I liked this book a lot. I thought it was going to be a weird telling of Star Wars with paper but it is about kids trying to navigate life. It was funny, the characters talked like kids (I hate when the kids just sound like small adults), and the plot fun. I definitely want to read the series to see how it progresses.”

Katra rated it ★★★★

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin

by Liesl Shurtliff

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held January 19, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held February 2, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse.

To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Patty rated it ★★★★.

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book will be April 20, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies will be available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

A shout comes echoing up the stairway “Fetch the whipping boy!”

A young orphan named Jemmy rouses from his sleep. “Ain’t I already been whipped twice today? Gaw! What’s the prince done now? It was forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. Jemmy had been plucked from the streets to serve as whipping boy to the arrogant and spiteful Prince Brat.

Dreaming of running away, Jemmy finds himself trapped in Prince Brat’s own dream, —at once brash and perilous.

In this briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, the whipping boy and Prince Brat must at last confront each other.

Award-winning author Sid Fleischman again blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Lorna rated it ★★★★.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan

by John Flanagan

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held March 16, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied….

book 1 in the Ranger’s Apprentice series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Courtney rated it ★★★★.

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held December 8, 2016 at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

‘They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,’ whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it’s the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.

They opened a door and entered a world–Narnia–the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.

book 2 in the Chronicles of Narnia series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said,”The one that started it all! For the rest of my childhood, I looked for magic doors and closets I could walk through. It made me want to live in Narnia.”

Vivian rated it ★★★.

Lorna rated it ★★★★★.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG

by Roald Dahl

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held November 10, 2016, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held February 16, 2017, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast.

When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said “A little on the silly side, but in a great way! Very enjoyable. A great book for kids and grown-ups to read together.”

Lorna rated it ★★★★ and said “One has to admire this imagination. I especially enjoyed the made-up words.”

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

Flora and Ulysses

by Kate DiCamillo

Library Book Club meeting for this book was held January 19, 2017, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held February 11, 2016.

A Books for Boys meeting for this book was held October 15, 2015.

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry—and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format—a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.

Newbery Medal 2014

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said, “What a great book this is! Its a totally worthy addition to the Newbery list. Right from the beginning with that great cartoon, this book had me interested and laughing. K.G. Campbell’s illustrations are so great throughout! They really add to the storyline in a very tangible way. The language in this book is so quirky and charming, it totally matches the illustrations. DiCamillo has a real talent in being able to portray very real people and situations in a way that is compelling and enjoyable. I loved Flora! And Ulysses is a character pretty much unique, at least in my reading! I think this is an excellent read for middle-school kids and older, as they will be able to relate to Flora’s situation. Grown-ups will love it for different reasons, but will love it equally. Highly Recommended!”

Miranda rated it ★★★ and said, “This was a cute read. It reminded me a bit of Beverly Cleary’s Ralph books. The illustrations were fun, and I think there was just enough to work and not get bogged down in that format for those who don’t enjoy it as much as the written word.”

Cathy rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Holy unanticipated occurrences! This is a fun, fast read with a lot of substance. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.”

Lorna rated it ★★★★★ and said, “Many truths are exposed in this delightful tale.”

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