Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

Sugar and Ice

by Kate Messner

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held January 10, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

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

For Claire Boucher, life is all about skating on the frozen cow pond and in the annual Maple Show right before the big pancake breakfast on her family’s farm. But all that changes when Russian skating coach Andrei Grosheva offers Claire a scholarship to train with the elite in Lake Placid. Tossed into a world of mean girls on ice, where competition is everything, Claire realizes that her sweet dream come true has sharper edges than she could have imagined. Can she find the strength to stand up to the people who want to see her fail and the courage to decide which dream she wants to follow?

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Lorna rated it ★★★ and said “I enjoyed living in Claire’s world for awhile.

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary

Beezus and Ramona

by Beverly Cleary

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held November 15, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

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

Nine-year-old Beezus Quimby has her hands full with her little sister, Ramona. Sure, other people have little sisters that bother them sometimes, but is there anyone in the world like Ramona? Whether she’s taking one bite out of every apple in a box or secretly inviting 15 other 4-year-olds to the house for a party, Ramona is always making trouble–and getting all the attention. Every big sister can relate to the trials and tribulations Beezus must endure. Old enough to be expected to take responsibility for her little sister, yet young enough to be mortified by every embarrassing plight the precocious preschooler gets them into, Beezus is constantly struggling with her mixed-up feelings about the exasperating Ramona.

book 1 in the Ramona Quimby series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said “Boy that Ramona is a challenge! I had forgotten that this one is told from Beezus’ point of view. I enjoyed it quite a lot! This series was one of my favorites as a kid.”

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Night Fairy

by Laura Amy Schlitz

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held October 18, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

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

What would happen to a new night fairy whose wings were accidentally chewed off by a sleepy hungry new bat? Flory, acorn-size, with a single small sting spell, finds the world very big and dangerous. Depicted in the lush back garden of an old giantess, garbed in delicate softly tinted petal gowns, she fiercely practices her sting, swings a thorn dagger, bribes always hungry squirrel Skuggle, and seeks to ride an iridescent hummingbird – to transform her nature into a day fairy instead.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★ and said “Adventure, survival, negotiating, rescuing, learning to trust, learning to adapt — all this and more in this beautifully illustrated and enchanting little book.

This would make a wonderful read-aloud in the early grades or in the home. There are plenty of big questions to stop and talk about. For instance, how Flory handles her difficulties and how they change her or might have changed her depending on the choices she makes and her actions.

Follow up studies and activities about the flora and fauna she encounters would engage the imaginations of children and adults alike. Use this novel as a springboard to exploration!”

Bekka rated it ★★★ and said “This is a cute little book! I liked that the fairy was as feisty as she was. Not a typical fairy story, but a great read!”

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Family Under the Bridge

by Natalie Savage Carlson

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held December 13, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

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

This is the delightfully warm and enjoyable story of an old Parisian named Armand, who relished his solitary life. Children, he said, were like starlings, and one was better off without them.

But the children who lived under the bridge recognized a true friend when they met one, even if the friend seemed a trifle unwilling at the start. And it did not take Armand very long to realize that he had gotten himself ready-made family; one that he loved with all his heart, and one for whom he would have to find a better home than the bridge.

It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder

It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroeder

It's Raining Cupcakes

by Lisa Schroeder

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held March 15, 2018, 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.

Twelve-year-old Isabel is dying to get out of her small town of Willow, Oregon, and travel like her best friend, Sophie. But when Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer…until she learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to compete in the final bake-off. But Sophie is also entering the contest, and Isabel’s mother has reservations. Can Isabel finally realize her dreams of leaving Willow without hurting two of the most important people in her life?

book 1 in the Cupcakes series

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

The Black Stallion

by Walter Farley

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held April 19, 2018, 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.

Published originally in 1941, this book is about a young boy, Alec Ramsay who finds a wild black stallion at a small Arabian port on the Red Sea. Between the black stallion and young boy, a strange understanding grew that you lead them through untold dangers as they journeyed to America. Nor could Alec understand that his adventures with the black stallion would capture the interest of an entire nation.

book 1 in The Black Stallion series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★.

Katra rated it ★★★.

Moonsilver by Kathleen Duey

Moonsilver by Kathleen Duey

Moonsilver

by Kathleen Duey

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held February 15, 2018, 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.

Heart Trilby has no family. She lives a hard and lonely life in the dusty village of Ash Grove — until she finds a scarred, skinny mare in the forest. Against the wishes of her guardian, mean-spirited Simon Pratt, Heart adopts the mare and names her Avamir. Heart is thrilled when she realizes Avamir is in foal. But when the colt is born weak and disfigured, Simon decides to sell Heart’s beloved horses to be slaughtered by the town’s soapmaker. Can Heart find a way to protect them — and the only love she has ever known?

book 1 in The Unicorn’s Secret series

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held January 18, 2018, 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.

How can a fairy’s blessing be such a curse?

At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy’s gift — the “gift” of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it’s hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse — once and for all.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Betsy rated it ★★★★★

Patty rated it ★★★★

Johnathan rated it ★★★★

Miranda rated it ★★★

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. 

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