The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis

The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 by Lauren Tarshis

The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

by Lauren Tarshis

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held April 11, 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.

No one in the bustling city of Pompeii worries when the ground trembles beneath their feet. The beast under the mountain Vesuvius, high above the city, wakes up angry sometimes — and always goes back to sleep.

But Marcus is afraid. He knows something is terribly wrong — and his father, who trusts science more than mythical beasts, agrees. When Vesuvius explodes into a cloud of fiery ash and rocks fall from the sky like rain, will they have time to escape — and survive the epic destruction of Pompeii? 

book 10 in the I Survived series

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 ★★★.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Fablehaven

by Brandon Mull

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held April 18, 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 centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

book 1 in the Fablehaven series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★★.

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade War

by Jacqueline Davies

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book will be May 9, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

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

For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day. And I am the Lemonade King.

Fourth-grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He’s good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings’ lemonade stand war begins, there really is no telling who will win—or even if their fight will ever end. Brimming with savvy marketing tips for making money at any business, definitions of business terms, charts, diagrams, and even math problems, this fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel subtly explores how arguments can escalate beyond anyone’s intent.

book 1 in The Lemonade War series

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Rapunzel's Revenge

by Shannon Hale

A combined Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys meeting for this book was held February 21, 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.

Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

book 1 in the Rapunzel’s Revenge series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

William rated it ★★★★.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held May 16, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any larger.

As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

book 1 in the Calpurnia Tate series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★★ and said “I really enjoyed this one. Calpurnia is a great character, and I loved the discussion of science and interest in nature, especially with the historical backdrop.

Vivian rated it ★★★ and said “At last– a historical novel in which the characters walk and talk and think like they would have in the time in which the story takes place! Calpurnia is 11 in 1899 (making her just one year older than my paternal grandmother would have been in that same year). Everything about this book is delightful–so many droll phrases. This would make a great family read-aloud. Calpurnia was “spliced midway between three older brothes… … … and three younger brothers… … …”, so there is plenty in the story for boys to enjoy as well.”

Lorna rated it ★★★★ and said “My favorite quote from the book is “It’s amazing what you can see when you just sit quietly and look.” What spoke to me was that sometimes what we see are the “living treasures” under our own roofs.”

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said “Very charming! Wonderful relationship between the girl and her grandfather. I would strongly recommend this one!”

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held April 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Barcelona, 1945 – just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love.

And before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.

book 1 in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said “Absolutely magical! This is a great mystery, very suspenseful, horrifying, romantic, humorous and lyrical all at once. One of the best plotted books I think I’ve ever read, and with characters that are completely unique while being very familiar at the same time. Lots of hardships in this book, but magical and deeply satisfying at the same time. I can’t recommend this one any higher! An absolute MUST READ.”

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 ★★★★.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held January 17, 2019, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend’s mother. Owen doesn’t believe in accidents; he believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul is both extraordinary and terrifying. At moments a comic, self-deluded victim, but in the end the principal, tragic actor in a divine plan, Owen Meany is the most heartbreaking hero John Irving has yet created.

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