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THE TROLLS By Polly Horvath

Because their parents have gone to Paris for a week and their usual sitter is not feeling well, Melissa, Amanda, and Pee Wee are being taken care of by their father's sister from Canada.  It turns out that Aunt Sally is full of fascinating stories about her and their father growing up on Vancouver Island.  Pee Wee, Amanda and Melissa are captivated by the eccentric characters Aunt Sally brings to life, particularly the trolls, who changed Aunt Sally's family forever.

Join us on on Tuesday evening, August 21st at 6:30 to discuss this entertaining book.  Snacks will be served.

OLIVE'S OCEAN by Kevin Henkes

"Olive Barstow was dead.  She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago.  That was about all Martha knew."

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends.  But they weren't---and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive.  A family summer on Cape  Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere.

PENNY FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer L. Holm

It's 1953 and eleven-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball.  But nothing is that simple for Penny.  For starters, she cannot go swimming because her mother is afraid Penny will catch polio at the pool.  To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car.  Her Nonny cries every time Penny's father's name is mentioned.  And the two sides of her family are not speaking to each other!  When it rains, it sure does rain, but Penny is learning that like the song says...even the darkest clouds may just contain some pennies from heaven.

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