Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Book Club: Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds

For December's Book Club, we read Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler. Anne, Ella, Keira, Lucy, Luke, Matt, and Stella were present. 

We did some worksheets from, which were really fun and informative. We talked a lot about the structure of a mystery and the importance of creating clear characters and plot lines. But mostly, we talked about the fun parts of Cam Jansen and how the "bad guys" were so bad!

The members of Book Club seemed to really enjoy this book, with one reader giving it a "2" (only so-so), one reader giving it a "1" (I really liked this book) and five readers giving it a "5" (this is one of the best books I've read!). Looks like, generally, another winner for our group!

For January's Book Club, we will be meeting on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 (!) and reading Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall. 

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Please be sure to register for Book Club at the Circulation Desk and pick up your copy (ordered from one of the many state-wide libraries just for us!) of the book. We look forward to seeing you in January. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Book Club Suggestions

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickly, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. 

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles—they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help he is!

That’s when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe—for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over! He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard…

But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn’t know everything—and he has the perfect solution! Or does he?

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

A flat boy can do almost anything!

Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy. At least he was, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. All of a sudden, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite!

But flatness has its serious side, too. Sneak thieves have been stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art, and Stanley knows he's the only one who can stop them. Will the robbers discover Stanley's plan before he foils theirs?

April Grades 1 & 2 Book Club: World at War, 1944

  For April Grades 1 & 2 Book Club, we read World at War, 1944 by Mary Pope Osborne . Previously published as Danger in the Darkest Hou...