Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes

by Louis Sachar

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held March 14, 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.

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten- pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

book 1 in the Holes series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★★. 

Miranda rated it ★★★.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel

by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held February 21, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the entry foyer.

This book was our chosen community reads book for the 2019 On the Same Page.  Free copies were available at the library until supplies ran out.

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.

book 1 in The Scarlet Pimpernel series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★ and said “I was surprised the book deviates quite a lot from the movie (or is it the other way around – hah!)? I can see how these Pimpernel stories became runaway best-sellers and could easily become addicting!

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

The Books for Boys 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.

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea.

Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★ and said “My teenage daughter LOVES these books. In fact, back when she was eleven, she and her then teen-aged older sister both read the entire series in just a week. I’ll admit, it is clever, and different from the movie in good ways (although I enjoyed the movie).”

Bekka rated it ★★★★.

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Valerie rated it ★★★★.

Miranda rated it ★★★★.

Patty rated it ★★★★.

Johnathan rated it ★★★.

The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, by Lauren Tarshis

The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, by Lauren Tarshis

The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912

by Lauren Tarshis

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held April 12, 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.

The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic — how will he survive?

Ten-year-old George Calder can’t believe his luck — he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George’s life changes forever.

Lauren Tarshis brings history’s most exciting and terrifying events to life in this new fictional series. Readers will be transported by stories of amazing kids and how they survived!

book 1 in the I Survived 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 ★★★.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands

by Alwyn Hamilton

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

book 1 in the Rebel of the Sands series

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Don Quixote

by Manuel De Cervantes Saavedra

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray – he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants – Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

Dragon Slippers

by Jessica Day George

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held March 9, 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.

Creel, the heroine of Dragon Slippers is hardly a damsel-in-distress. After her aunt totes her out to the local dragon in desperation (with the hope that the local prince will rescue her from certain death and marry her), Creel refuses the haughty prince and finds friendship with the dragons, who set her on a journey to the center of the kingdom with a pretty pair of what only seem to be ordinary slippers. Along the way we discover Creel’s enormous talent at embroidery, and you can’t help but linger over the rich descriptions of her lovely tapestry-like gowns, which quickly make her the most sought-after dressmaker in the kingdom. But soon enough those mysterious slippers begin to wreak havoc, and it’s up to Creel to save the kingdom from disaster and defend the dragons from certain doom. Creel’s feisty spirit breathes fiery new life into this epic world at every turn, making this one of the most memorable and fun fantasy debuts to hit shelves since Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart.

book 1 in the Dragon Slippers series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Lorna rated it ★★★★ and said “Good fun. Light, easy reading with warm humor. I was impressed with the plot also.”

Patty rated it ★★★★ and said “Well written and good story. My daughter will like it I am sure. My older daughter has read it and really liked it.”

Miranda 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 ★★★★.

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