January Book Post – An American Plague

2223935Hey there, girls! We’ve had a great start to the year, don’t you think?

Our next book is nonfiction. An American Plague, by Jim MurphyYou know, sometimes history is crazy. This book is about one of those times!

Nonfiction is a bit different to read, and this book might be challenging. Read it with your parent! Look stuff up! There are some parts that I’m betting you will hardly believe are true.

Mrs. Britt should have copies of this book by next week. Our meeting is not until the second Thursday of January, so you’ll have plenty of time to read over break.

Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, January 14, 6:30 pm


October Book Post – Tuck Everlasting

960405Well, here we go again! Another year of Mr. S reading with a bunch of girls.  :^)

Our first book this year is one of my favorite books, Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt. The descriptions in this book are so good. Natalie Babbitt makes it so easy to “see” what is going on.

We will meet, as always, to talk about the book, eat delicious things, and have fun!

Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, October 15, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the library

PS – Should we pick a day after school to watch the movie?

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April Book Post – Shannon Hale Author Study

ShannonHaleHey there, girls. Look how early I got this blog post out there. Ha!

There were some great nominations for this month’s girls’ choice book. The winning selection was The Unfairest of All, which is Book 2 in Shannon Hale’s Ever After High series. Unfortunately, this book is super popular and there were no copies available in either our school library or the public library. None of Book 1, either!

We discussed this small problem at our meeting, voted, and here is what we decided: April will be “Shannon Hale Author Study” month for Girls Read. You may read any Shannon Hale books you want. You can read one. You can read four. Read as many as you want. Then, be ready to discuss what makes Shannon Hale so great. I mean, other than this tweet.

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Meeting: WEDNESDAY, April 15, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the library

March Book Post – The Magician’s Nephew

65610Sure, I’ll put up a post the week of our meeting. I’ve done it before. I’ll probably do it again.

Our book for this week was selected from the list of all-time Guys Read books. The Magician’s Nephew, by C. S. Lewis, is part of the Chronicles of Narnia. It takes place before the events of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I think it is my favorite of the Narnia books.

We’ll meet fifteen minutes later this time, so I can stop by my son’s Science Fair before I head to our meeting.

Meeting: Thursday, March 12, 6:45-7:30ish/7:45ish, in the library

February Book Post – The View from Saturday

viewI’m so excited to talk about this book. It is one of my favorites. When I teach 5th grade, I love reading it aloud. I even do a British accent for some of the characters. Heh. Super fun.

Our next book is The View from Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg. This is a Newbery Medal winner, 29 years after she won the Newbery Medal for her first book, From the Mixed Up Files of  Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. It is a realistic fiction story told from multiple characters’ perspectives.

Also, don’t forget to vote on what Guys Read book we will read (on the note I sent home). No guys showed up to the last meeting, so you get to pick, instead of them! I will reveal the top vote-getter at our meeting.

And, you’ll need to bring nominees for the girls’ choice book, since we will need to vote on that, too, before our March meeting. I will put a note about this into our reminder note in a couple of weeks.

OK! Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, February 12, 6:30-7:30 pm, in the library

January Book Post – Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

titanicBetter late than never? I mean, better really late than never? How many people visit this blog anyway? Hello? Hello?

Our next book, for which we are meeting tomorrow, is Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, by Deborah Hopkinson. This is the stunning and tragic story of the Titanic‘s first and last voyage. It is told through the words and accounts of the people who survived. Some of their stories will tear your heart apart. The first time I read this book, I was sort of blown away. Pretty good for a book where you know how things will end!

Book trailer!

I promise I will put up the next post in a more timely fashion. Maybe.

Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, January 8 (tomorrow!), 6:30-7:30 pm, in the library

November Book Post – Olive’s Ocean


Cover © Greenwillow Books

Well, here we go, girls. I had fun last month! I hope you did, too.

We’re shifting genres this time from mystery to realistic fiction. Our book for November is Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes. Mr. Henkes is probably most well known for his award-winning pictures books, like OwenLily’s Purple Plastic Purse, or Kitten’s First Full Moon. But he’s also written several novels, including this one and The Year of Billy Miller, which was one of my favorite books from last year.

Mrs. Britt has used this book twice with her old Mother/Daughter.

I do need to let you know about a little something. I read this book last weekend. There are a couple of moments that are a little mature. There is also a little bit of strong language. These things happen in life, and in books. Some of it is perfect for discussion at a book club! But I also want to let you know, in case parents wanted to preread the book.

See you soon! Keep reading!

Meeting: Thursday, November 13, 6:30-7:30 pm