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Natalie's best friend, Zoe, is sure that the novel Natalie's written is good enough to be published.  But how can a 12 year old girl publish a book?  Natalie's mother is an editor for a big children's publisher, but Natalie doesn't want to ask for any favors.

Then Zoe has a brilliant idea: Natalie can submit her manuscript under a pen name (Cassandra Day), with Zoe acting as her literary agent.  But it's not easy for 2 sixth graders to put themselves over as grown-ups, even with some help from a couple of real grown-ups who are supportive but skeptical.  The next best-selling school story may be in their hands----but can Natalie and Zoe pull off their masquerade?

Read The School Story to find out, and then join us on Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 in the afternoon to discuss this entertaining book.  Snacks will be provided.

Posted by: Jahnke
on March 29, 2012
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Life isn't like the movies, and eleven-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple.  She's smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending.  After all, it's 1935, and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce.  So when Turtle's mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn't like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida, to stay with relatives she has never met.  Florida is like nothing Turtle has ever seen.  It's hot and strange, full of ragtag boy cousins, family secrets, and even buried treasure!  Before she knows what has happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she has spent her life building, and as she does, her world open up in the most unexpected ways.

Join us on Sunday, March 18th at 2:00 in the afternoon to discuss this Newberry Honor Book.  Snacks will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on February 21, 2012
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Her plan to help the Resistance soldier was unraveling.  She was the fool, and not only had she put herself in danger, but she now risked her brother's life and the soldier's too.

The year is 1942, and Norway is under Nazi occupation.  Twelve-year-old Marit has decided to take action, decided not to heed her grandfather's warnings.  But will her plan work?  Can she really complete her part of this secret code?  And even if she can, would it make any difference to the Resistance? 

As this novel reveals what Norwegian people did to preserve their dignity and freedoms, it uncovers a startling statistic: the German secret police systematically  rounded up one teacher in ten and sent them to concentration camps for their refusal to teach Nazi propaganda to Norwegian schoolchildren.  Here, set on an island of sturdy fishing trawlers and brightly painted homes, is a riveting novel about risks taken, secrets kept, and, always, questions about whom to trust.

Join us on Sunday, February 19th at 2:00pm to discuss this intriguing book.  Refreshments will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on February 03, 2012
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Ruby Lavender used to have a fun life, until her Yoo-Hoo-drinking, pink muumuu-wearing, best friend of a grandmother up and left for Hawaii to spend the summer with her new (smelly) grandbaby.  Now Ruby is stuck in boring old Halleluia, Mississippi, reading to her chickens, sweeping the floors at the general store (torture), and being tormented by the curly-haired, tip-tapping Melba Jane.

In letter after letter, nine-year old Ruby pours out her heart to her grandmother.  But there is one thing Ruby cannot tell even her----the very same thing that makes Ruby take the long way home every single time and that makes her dislike Melba Jane more than anyone.

Ruby is resourceful.  She is feisty.  She's in for some big surprises.  Ruby Lavender is a character that readers remember for a long time.

Join us on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 to discuss this delightful book.  Refreshments will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on December 16, 2011
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It's the summer of 1939.  Two Jewish  sisters from Vienna---twelve-year-old Stephie Steiner and seven-year-old Nellie---are sent to Sweden to escape the Nazis.  They expect to stay there six months, until their parents can flee to Amsterdam; then all four will go to America.  But as the world war intensifies, the girls remain, each with her own host family, on a rugged island off the western coast of Sweden.

Nellie quickly settles into her new surroundings.  Not so for Stephie, who finds it hard to adapt; she feels stranded at the end of the world.  It's no wonder she doesn't let on that the most popular girl at school has become her bitter enemy, or that she endures wounding slights from certain villagers.  Her main worry, though, is her parents---and whether she will ever see them again.

Join us on Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 to discuss this engaging historical novel---the first in a quartet.  Refreshments will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on November 25, 2011

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