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 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!”

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 ★★★.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was on July 19, 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.

When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality – and brutal savagery – of their situation sets in.

The boys’ struggle to find a way of existing in a community with no fixed boundaries invites readers to evaluate the concepts involved in social and political constructs and moral frameworks. Ideas of community, leadership, and the rule of law are called into question as the reader has to consider who has a right to power, why, and what the consequences of the acquisition of power may be. Often compared to Catcher in the RyeLord of the Flies also represents a coming-of-age story of innocence lost.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★.

Miranda rated it ★★★ and said “I had a hard time connecting with this one. It just seemed really emotionally flat to me.”

Patty rated it ★★★.

Book Trailer: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Book Trailer: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Book Trailer: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan

In Mary’s world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.

The Guardians will protect and serve.

The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now, she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

book 1 in the Forest of Hands and Teeth series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★ and said “This is really more of a 4 1/2 star rating. I will definitely read then next in the series.”

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said “This would actually be more of a 3.5 stars for me, maybe because it reminded me too much of that movie “The Village.” I kept waiting for them to step out of the forest and into modern times.”

Book Trailer: Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Book Trailer: Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Book Trailer: Life as We Knew It

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

book 1 in the Last Survivors series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★★ and said “Amazing! Every time I got up while reading this I felt like I should check my food storage and be impressed with the wonder of electricity. Can’t wait to read the next one.”

Patty rated it ★★★★.

Bekka rated it ★★★★.

Book Trailer: Dark Life by Kat Falls

Book Trailer: Dark Life by Kat Falls

Book Trailer: Dark Life

by Kat Falls

A thrilling futuristic adventure set deep undersea, Dark Life follows the settlers of the world’s first subsea settlement as they defend their homesteads against a brazen band of outlaws.

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.

The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family’s homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws’ attacks on government supply ships and settlements…

book 1 in the Dark Life series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

The Art of Being Normal

by Lisa Williamson

Two boys. Two secrets.

David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

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