Girlfriends Read

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

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

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


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

It isn′t easy being a pioneer in the state of Washington in 1899, but it′s particularly hard when you are the only girl ever born in the new settlement. With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can′t seem to abide her family′s insistence that she behave like a Proper Young Lady. She′s sure she could do better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River. And now that Mama′s going to have a baby, maybe there′s hope.

Join us on Sunday, November 20th at 2:00 in the afternoon to discuss this excellent book.  Refreshments will be served.

Posted by: Moore-Nokes
on November 06, 2011


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