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!”

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 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.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

by Judy Blume

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held November 8, 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.

Life with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

book 1 in the Fudge series

Bunnicula – A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe

Bunnicula – A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

by Deborah Howe

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

BEWARE THE HARE!
Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits… and fangs!

book 1 in the Bunnicula series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

William rated it ★★★★.

Miranda rated it ★★★.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

by Louis Sachar

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held on March 8, 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.

Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The the the rack-size paperback.

Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside School has some of the wackiest classes in town, especially on the thirtieth floor. That’s where you’ll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; Myron, the best class president, ever; and Sammy, the new kid—he’s a real rat.

More than nine million readers have laughed at the wacky stories of Wayside School. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Wayside School!

book 1 in the Wayside School series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Lorna rated it ★★★★★ and said “I read this out loud to my grandson, age 9. We were both entertained by the very clever stories. Favorite quote – ‘You need a reason to be sad. You don’t need a reason to be happy.'”

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Silas Marner

by George Eliot

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held September 20, 2018, 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.

Embittered by a false accusation, disappointed in friendship and love, the weaver Silas Marner retreats into a long twilight life alone with his loom. . . and his gold. Silas hoards a treasure that kills his spirit until fate steals it from him and replaces it with a golden-haired founding child. Where she came from, who her parents were, and who really stole the gold are the secrets that permeate this moving tale of guilt and innocence. A moral allegory of the redemptive power of love, it is also a finely drawn picture of early nineteenth-century England in the days when spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses, and of a simple way of life that was soon to disappear.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Vivian rated it ★★★★.

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