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Past Book Club

The Adventures of Pixie Piper: A Fairy's Breath by Maricel Jiménez Peña

December 2020 Book Club

The Adventures of Pixie Piper: A Fairy’s Breath
by Maricel Jiménez Peña

Pixie Piper really loved adventures. In fact, she craved them with every little pore in her skin. Unfortunately, when she was born her parents fell under the heavy spell of “parental concern”. So poor little Pixie had little she could do that didn’t worry or upset them.

With it being super hard to have an adventure, she retreated into stories, books, and movies. That is until she received a strange visit from a weird old man in a fuzzy suit. Turns out he was her fairy godfather, here to take her on a wild adventure.

Soon she discovers that she is a fairy. He takes her to the world of the fairies and begins a vacation in a magical land. But when an evil winter fairy threatens the new world she already loves, Pixie must set off on a quest to save her mother, herself, and the entire island of Dahna.

It would be so much easier if she could just get her wings to work. Before she knows it, she will learn that being a fairy isn’t all about pixie dust!

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Author: Maricel Jiménez Peña

Age Range: 8 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Paperback: 174 pages

Formats: Paperback, eBook

The Green Ember by S. D. Smith

November 2020 Book Club

The Green Ember
by S.D. Smith

Brother and sister Heather and Picket are ordinary rabbits, growing up in a peaceful meadow until calamitous events change their world forever. They are thrust into a cauldron of misadventures, discovering that they are extraordinary rabbits whose story is bound up in the chaos threatening to destroy their world.

Kingdoms falter as Kings falls. Terrible tyrants rise to power and threaten the land. Betrayal beckons as loyalty is uncertain and difficult.

Can Heather and Picket survive? How will they make their stand?

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Author: S.D. Smith

Illustrator: Zach Franzen

Age Range: 9 – 12

Grade Level: 4 – 6

Series: Green Ember

Paperback: 368 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook

Cinderskella by Amie Borst and Bethanie Borst

October 2020 Book Club

by Amie and Bethany Borst

Middle school is scary. So are skeleton girls.
To win at both, you’ve got to put some skin in the game.

Cindy might appear to be your average twelve year old, but since her mother’s death she has a secret. Every night she turns into a boney, white skeleton.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Cindy’s dad is afraid of her. She has an evil stepmother who makes her do crazy chores, some of them with a toothbrush. And then there’s the werewolf who intends to make Cindy his midnight snack.

The Spring Fling dance is fast approaching and Ethan, the cutest boy in sixth grade, doesn’t seem to know Cindy exists. She doesn’t think letting Ethan know she’s a cursed skeleton-girl is the best way to introduce herself. Determined to break the curse, Cindy travels to the Underworld where things aren’t quite what they seem, including Mr. Death, the strange and creepy undertaker.

With a jar of pickled pig’s feet, a wacky fortuneteller, and a cranky skeleton mouse, Cindy is afraid this curse has really gotten under her skin.

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Author: Amie and Bethany Borst

Illustrator: Roch Hercha

Age Range: 9 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 6

Series: Scarily Ever After

Paperback: 263 pages

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

September 2020 Book Club

Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Luke has never gone to school. He has never even had a birthday party, or been to a friend’s house to play. Actually, Luke has never ever had a friend before.

Luke is a third child, one of the shadow children forbidden by the Population Police. His entire life he has lived in hiding. Things get worse when a new housing development replaces the woods next to his family’s farm. Luke is no longer even allowed to go outside.

One day Luke spots a girl’s face in the window in a house where he knows that two other children already live. After years along, he’s finally met another shadow child like himself. Jen is eager and willing to risk everything to emerge of the shadows — does Luke dare become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he really afford not to?

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Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Age Range: 8 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Shadow Children

Paperback: 153 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

August 2020 Book Club

James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl

Discover the magical adventure of James as he escapes the miserable life living with his horrible aunts. Enjoy the whimsical wonder as he travels across the Atlantic Ocean on a gigantic peach with a collection of new friends, including  ladybug, grasshopper, spider, silkworm, glowworm, and a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes.

This silly adventure will delight readers young and old as James and the crew encounter peach-eating sharks and skies populated with malevolent Cloudmen. This classic book is a must-read!

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Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Lane Smith

Paperback: 144 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook

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