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. 

Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets by Patricia Clark Smith

Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets by Patricia Clark Smith

Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets

by Patricia Clark Smith

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held November 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.

It is 1654 in New England, native land of Algonquin tribes, among them the Pocasset, Wampanoag, and Narrangansett people. The pilgrims have settled here in the natives’ territory at Patuxit, a place the Pilgrims renamed Plymouth. Weetamoo’s father, Corbitant, is chief of the Pocassets. He is mistrustful of the colonists and imparts his beliefs about them to his daughter, who is next in line to become chief. Weetamoo must learn the fundamental values and disciplines of a true Pocasset chief.

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 ★★★★

Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

by Katherine Hannigan
Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held April 13, 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.

Ida B. Applewood believes there is never enough time for fun.

That’s why she’s so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brook.

Then some not-so-great things happen in her world. Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body-Cramping, Mind-Numbing, Fun-Killing Torture—school. She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stone.

How can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just-about perfect again?

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Katra rated it ★★★★★ and said “I really felt for Ida B., for her loves, her relationships, her woes, and her triumphs. This is a child’s book with true depth. I loved it!”

Lorna rated it ★★★★★.

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