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Becca has frequently gone with her parents to visit her Gran at her rustic cabin by the sea.  But this year, Becca's mother is expecting a baby, and Becca is sent to visit her grandmother on her own.  The prospect of spending time at Gran's---with her peculiar plumbing and ridiculous Scrabble rules---is hardly appealing.  Then, on her very first night, Becca finds an oyster full of pearls.  One pearl for every adventure to come?  Becca desperately hopes so, as much as she longs for a friend to share them with.

As her mother's pregnancy progresses, Becca returns to the island again and again.  And through a busy parade of visiting relatives---some welcome, some not----Becca experiences the annual herring run in a sinking dinghy, is kissed by a seal, and scales a cliff.  Becca also sails a boat for the first time and goes skinny dipping in the sea.  And who knew that picking blackberries and making jelly could be such an interesting adventure??!   By the time her parents arrive with the new baby, Becca realizes that adventures, and even friends to share them with, may have been right under her nose the whole time.

Join the fun on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30 in evening to discuss Becca's adventures and enjoy some snacks.  To register, call 920-886-6335 or email the youth desk at youthdesk@neenahlibrary.org.  Stop at the youth desk to pick up your book.

Posted by: Jahnke
on May 21, 2013
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The four Melendy children live with their father and Cuffy, their beloved housekeeper, in a worn, but comfortable, brownstone in New York City.  There is thirteen-year-old Mona, who has decided to become an actress; twelve-year-old mischievous Rush; ten-year-old Randy (Miranda), who loves to dance and paint; and thoughtful Oliver, who is just six.  Tired of wasting Saturdays doing nothing but wishing for larger allowances, the four Melendys jump at Randy's idea to start the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club, also known as I.S.A.A.C.  If they pool their allowances and take turns spending the entire amount, they can each have at least one memorable Saturday afternoon of their own.  Before long, I.S.A.A.C. is in operation and every Saturday is definitely one to remember.  The Saturdays is the first book in the delightful Melendy Quartet.

Join the fun on Sunday, May 5th at 2 PM when we discuss this entertaining book and enjoy some snacks.

Posted by: Jahnke
on April 09, 2013
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Lucy is an aspiring basketball star and interior designer, and she is certain that she is on the verge of having the best year of her life.  She is ready to rule the school as a sixth grader, try out for captain of the the sixth-grade basketball team, and take over the bedroom she has always shared with her older sister, Regina.

Lucy's plans are shattered though, when she learns that Yi Po, her grandmother's sister, is coming to visit from China---for a few months!  And she will be staying in Lucy's room!  Lucy's vision of a perfect year rapidly begins to crumble as her parents force her to attend Chinese School with the annoying know-it-all, Talent Chang, and she faces the snobby bully, Sloane Connors, who wants to scare Lucy off the sixth-grade basketball team.  Lucy's year is ruined----or is it?

 

Join us on Sunday, April 7th at 2:00 PM to discuss this delightful debut novel.  Snacks will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on March 12, 2013
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"We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful."

That is the motto of the Malone family of Gary, Indiana.  Twelve-year-old Deza Malone is the smartest student in her class, told by her teachers that she is destined for a special path in life.  Her older brother, Jimmie, is no angel, but he can sing like one, and when he does, people stop to listen.

The Great Depression has hit the city of Gary very hard, and there are few jobs---especially for black men like Mr. Malone.  After their father leaves Gary for Flint, Michigan to find work,  Deza, Jimmie, and their mother follow later, hoping to catch up to him.  The pluck with which the endearing Deza faces the twists and turns of the family's journey proves that she truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.

Newberry Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis has written a heart-wrenching, suspenseful novel about an unforgettable family during the turbulent days of the Great Depression.

 

Join us on Sunday, March 10th at 2 o'oclock in the afternoon to discuss this excellent novel.  Snacks will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on February 15, 2013
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Omakayas and her family live on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker.  Although the "chimookoman," white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has: every summer they build a new birchbark house; every Autumn they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snow arrives, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp.  In between, Omakayas fights with her pesky little brother, Pinch; plays with cute little baby Neewo; and tries to be grown-up like her older sister, Angeline.  But the satisfying rhythms of their life are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever---but that will eventually lead Omakayas to discover her calling.

This excellent novel is the first book in the popular series.

Come to Girlfriends Read on Sunday, February 10th at 2 PM to discuss this wonderful novel.  Snacks will be provided.

Posted by: Jahnke
on January 08, 2013

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