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Pick up your copy of your book from Ms. Douglass in the Cafeteria library or head to Basalt Public Library. Book Club meetings will take place in March.



5TH GRADE: MOCKINGBIRD, a National Book Award winner by Kathryn Erskine.
Caitlin has Asperger's. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon was killed in a school shooting, and Caitlin's dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful. Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn't know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure--and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be so black and white after all.
-- Read More about the Book: http://www.amazon.com/Mockingbird-Kathryn-Erskine/dp/0142417750
-- Book Club Lunchtime Meeting: Tuesday, March 28th

 

6TH GRADE: WHEN YOU REACH ME  by Rebecca Stead
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it’s safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a new kid for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda’s mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper:

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. 
I ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she’s too late.
-- Read More About the Book: http://www.rebeccasteadbooks.com/whenyoureachme.html
-- Book Club Lunchtime Meeting: Thursday, March 30

 

7TH GRADE: THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE by E. Lockhart
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: 
Debate Club. Her father’s “bunny rabbit.” A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure. A sharp tongue. A chip on her shoulder. And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Laundau-Banks.No longer the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer. Especially when “no” means she’s excluded from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places. Not when she knows she’s smarter than any of them.When she knows Matthew’s lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind. This is the story of how she got that way.

-- Read More About the Book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1629601.The_Disreputable_History_of_Frankie_Landau_Banks
-- Book Club Lunchtime Meeting: Tuesday, March 28

 

8TH GRADE: BACKLASH by Sarah Darer Littman
He says: You're an awful person.
He says: What makes you think I would ever ask you out?
He says: The world would be a better place without you in it.

Lara just got told off on Facebook. She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. They've been talking online for weeks, so what's with the sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse - are they true? It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed, this ugly. She's worked really hard to become pretty and happy - and make new friends after what happened in middle school. Bree used to be best friends with overweight, depressed Lara, but constantly listening to Lara's issues got to be too much. Secretly, Bree's glad Christian called Lara out. Lara's not nearly as amazing as people think. But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree. As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control, and not just for Lara. Because when the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

-- Read More About the Book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22856607-backlash 
-- Book Club Lunchtime Meeting: Thursday, March 30  

 

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