Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has a lot to deal with–like having the “funniest last name in the universe,” for one. Then there are her clothes (polyester, sewn by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as “nobody special.”
But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. Luckily, with Gram and her little brother, Owen, life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho is happy, peaceful, and predictable. That is, until Naomi and Owens mother reappears after seven years, stirring up all sorts of questions—and a whole lot of trouble. Soon Naomi finds herself on a whirlwind journey in a last-ditch effort to keep her family together. But will positive thinking be enough to save them?
Join us on Sunday, November 14, 2010 to discuss this excellent novel. Refreshments will be served.
A squeaking sound outside her bedroom leads eleven-year-old Nell to a baby squirrel abandoned in her yard. Nell and her younger brothers end up saving two wild squirrels that appear to be orphaned. With the help of some online research and a new friend, Nell learns how to care for the squirrels, but she also learns that she should not try to do this on her own. Still, if Nell has the time and devotion, why shouldn’t she raise the squirrels? She loves them, and they need her—don’t they? Nell is willing to do anything to save her new pets, even if it involves telling a few lies….
Join us on Sunday, October 10th at 2:00 to discuss this finely crafted debut novel. Refreshments will be served.
One thing Darby has never dreamed of being – not until Evette suggests it – is a newspaper girl who writes down the truth for all to read. In no time, and with more than a little assistance from Evette, Darby and her column in the Bennettsville Times are famous in town and beyond. But is Marlboro County, South Carolina, circa 1926, ready for the truth its youngest reporter has to tell?
Join us on Thursday, July 29th at 6:30 to discuss this excellent book. Refreshments will be served.
Girlfriends Read this summer will read and discuss the new novel written by Valerie Hobbs, THE LAST BEST DAYS OF SUMMER. Set in present day California, 12 year old Lucy Crandall spends a week with her Grams at her Crescent Lake cabin. Lucy’s week turns into a roller coaster of surprises! Join the book club. Get a copy of this book at the youth desk and register for the summer library program, too. We’ll meet July 1 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments!
Our book to be discussed on March 21, 2010 will have great appeal to “horse-mad readers, girls like Lidie who have photos and drawings of horses tacked up on their bedroom walls,” writes Norah Piehl in her book review posted on Kidsreads.com. Piehl goes on to say that WILD GIRL “shouldn’t be dismissed as merely another ‘horse book.’ It also provides an insightful glimpse into the immigrant experience, particularly for the large number of immigrants who come to America after immediate family already has been established here. The difficulties of finding your place within a family that seems alien, of deciphering new norms at school, of holding on to the things that make you special–these topics greatly enrich WILD GIRL and will speak to anyone who has ever felt a desire to belong.”