Category: Tween Book Discussion

We meet one evening of every month in the Teen Room of the library to discuss the book of the month from 6:30-7:30pm. All interested young people in grades 5-7 (not young adults, but not children, hence TWEENS) are welcome. Refreshments are served.

May Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) Wednesday 5/2/17 @6:30pm

The book of the month is ‘Ghosts’ by Raina Telgemeier.  From Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters! Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool,… Read more

April Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) Wednesday 4/4/18 @6:30pm

The book of the month is ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ by Katherine Paterson.  Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone. That’s not a very promising beginning for… Read more

March Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) 3/7/18 @6:30pm CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

The book of the month is ‘Schooled’ by Gordon Korman. Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a school counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him… Read more

February Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) Wednesday 2/7/18 @6:30pm CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

The book of the month is ‘The Courage of Cat Campbell’ by Natasha Lowe.   Cat Campbell is a late-blooming witch whose magical abilities are bursting to be mastered in this charming coming-of-age story set in the world of The Power of Poppy Pendle.Cat Campbell has had magical powers since the day she was born, but she didn’t always know that. Cat’s mother believes magic ruins lives, and even as Cat’s… Read more

January Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) Wednesday 1/3/18 @6:30pm

The book of the month is ‘Call Me Hope’ by Gretchen Olson. As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she’s tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young… Read more

December Teen/Tween Book Discussion Wednesday 12/6/17 @6:30pm

Combined teens and tweens for a busy month! The book chosen is ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ by Madeleine L’Engle. It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.‘Wild nights are my glory,’ the unearthly stranger told them. ‘I just got… Read more

October Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) Wednesday 10/4/17 @ 6:30pm

The book of the month is ‘Awkward’ by Svetland Chmakova. Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.On her first day at her new school, Penelope–Peppi–Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and… Read more

November Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) Wednesday 11/1/17 @6:30pm

The book of the month is  ‘Pax’ by Sara Pennypacker. Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and ‘his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as… Read more

September Tween Book Discussion 9/6/17 @ 6:30 PM (Grades 5-7)

The book of the month is: ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’ by Will Mabbitt. Have you ever picked your nose? Have you ever picked your nose and EATEN IT? Have you ever picked your nose, eaten it, and, by doing so, opened a portal to a world run by PIRATES? Mabel Jones has. Kidnapped, Mabel is forced to serve aboard The Feroshus Maggot with the strangest crew you’ll ever… Read more

June Tween Book Discussion (Grades 5-7) Wednesday 6/6/18 @6:30pm

The book this month is ‘Rooftoppers’ by Katherine Rundell. Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible… We meet… Read more