Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Mother-Daughter Book Club (The Mother-Daughter Book Club Series #1)

written by Heather Vogel Frederick
ages: 12 and up

Sixth grade is never easy-especially when your mother decides to start a mother-daughter book club. This novel follows four unlikely friends throughout a year of reading Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Cassidy would rather be playing hockey, Jess loves animals, Megan has her mind on the world of fashion, and Emma loves to read. Together the girls will learn to navigate crushes, stolen journals, Halloween pranks, first dances, and the difficulties that come with growing up.

Although this is written as a children's book, it is probably most appropriate for girls who are preparing for or are already in the 6th grade. Frederick touches on challenging issues of family and death with heart and candor. Kudos to Miss Frederick for writing with clean language and subject matter that is as appropriate as it is charming. Maybe this will inspire you to start your very own mother-daughter book club; it did for me.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pleasing the Ghost

by Sharon Creech
Ages: 8+

Award winning author Creech writes a light hearted book about ghosts.  Dennis's father recently passed away and since then he has been receiving a parade of ghosts through his bedroom window.  When the ghost of his uncle arrives, Dennis is not surprised his uncle needs something done for him.  Dennis would love to help Uncle Arvie, but he is difficult to understand.  Dennis has to figure out what his uncle is saying and please the ghost.

This book is great book about a young boy dealing with death of his father.  His able to deal with death by helping other ghosts.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

California Blue

by David Glass
Ages 12+

John didn't expect to discover a new species of butterfly.  He knew what a powerful effect of his discovery would have on his town and his family.  The town lived and died with the business the lumber mill generated.  His relationship with his father was already strained because of their differences.  He has a difficult decision to make, whether to stick with family and friends and fight for his town or side with the those who want to protect the new rare butterfly?

This is great story about a young teenager.  He can't relate to his father because he is interested in father isn't.  They can't talk.  His father is dying and now he has to choose to help the town and his father or pick against family and friends.  This story is heartbreaking as you experience the dilemma John faces.  His choice will affect his future.