Reader's Book Club
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Lizards Book Club will be on one Wednesday a month from 2:30-4:00PM.
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November 9, 2016
Chained by Lynne
For Discussion December 21, 2016
After ten-year-old Hastin’s family borrows money to
pay for his sister’s hospital bill, he leaves his village in
northern India to take a job as an elephant keeper and work
off the debt. He thinks it will be an adventure, but he isn’t
prepared for the cruel circus owner. The crowds that come to
the circus see a lively animal who plays soccer and balances on milk
bottles, but Hastin sees Nandita, a sweet elephant and his best friend,
who is chained when she’s not performing and hurt with a hook until she
learns tricks perfectly. Hastin protects Nandita as best as he
can, knowing that the only way they will both survive is if he can find
a way for them to escape.
Wednesday December 21, 2016
A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
For Discussion January 18, 2017
Brothers Grimm have a warning for the Land of Stories.
Connor Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him - until
he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With
help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner
sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old
Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy
Godmother... but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned.
Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?
When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Connor and
Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day.
But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle... or for the secret
that will change the twins' lives forever.
The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins
to the test as they bring two worlds together!
Wednesday January 18, 2017
One for the Murphy's by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
For Discussion February 15, 2017
Carley Connors can take a lot. Growing up in Las Vegas with her
fun-loving mother, she's learned to be tough. But she never expected a
betrayal that would land her in a foster care. When she's placed with
the Murphys, a lively family with three boys, she's blindsided. Do
happy families really exist? Carley knows she could never belong in
their world, so she keeps her distance.
It's easy to stay suspicious of Daniel, the brother who is almost her
age and is resentful she's there. But Mrs. Murphy makes her feel heard
and seen for the first time, and the two younger boys seem determinded
to work their way into her heart. Before she knows it, Carley is
protected the boys from a neighbourhood bullly and even teaching Daniel
how to play basketball. Then just when she's feeling like she could
truly be one of the Murphys, news from her mother shakes her world.
Wednesday February 15, 2017
A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean
For Discussion MArch 15, 2017
"My name is Cally Louise Fisher and I haven't
spoken for thirty-one days. Talking doesn’t always make things happen,
however much you want them to."
When Cally Fisher sees her dead mother, real as anything, no one
believes her. So Cally stops talking – what’s the point if no one is
The only other living soul who sees Cally's mum is a mysterious
wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mum appears. But
without a voice, how will Cally convince anyone that her mum is still
with them, and how will she ever persuade her Dad that the huge
silver-grey dog is their last link with her?
Wednesday March 15, 2017
A Series of Unfortuneate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
For Discussion April 12, 2017
I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is
extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky
children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire
siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first
page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive
terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks
at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and
repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal
their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is
nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading
something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
Wednesday April 12, 2017
Vacation at Sunshine Farm-The Third Summer by Andrea Wandel
For Discussion May 24, 2017
Marty, has agreed that a paraplegic girl can come and stay at their
riding camp. Unfortunately,
they have no horse specially trained, and Marty's first choice doesn't
exactly work out. Added to that, their
usual camp cook goes down with chicken pox.
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All
by Shannon Hale
For Discussion on June 14, 2017
aftermath of Legacy Day, the day
when the students at Ever After High are supposed to pledge to follow
in their fairytale parents' footsteps, and everyone is in a huff
and a puff! Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil
Queen, has refused to sign the Storybook of Legends, rejecting her
story--and putting everyone else's in jeopardy.
The Royal Apple White doesn't want to think Raven is being a rebellious
pain, but Raven's choice means Apple might never get the poisoned
apple, Prince Charming, and a kingdom to rule. Behind Apple stands the
Royals, those who want to play by the book and embrace their stories.
The Rebels, supporters of Raven, believe in breaking free from destiny
and writing their own stories.
But when the chaos and rivalry land wonderlandiful Madeline Hatter in
trouble, Raven and Apple must bring the Royals and the Rebels together
to shut the book on their feud before it threatens to end all of their
Happily Ever Afters once and for all.
Mirror on the Wall...Who's the Unfairest of Them All?
Wednesday June 14, 2017
Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski
For Discussion on July 19, 2017
From New York Times
bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
comes the hilarious and heartfelt story of a group of magical misfits.
Nory Horace is nine years old. She's resourceful, she's brave, she
likes peanut butter cookies. Also, she's able to transform into many
different animals. Unfortunately, Nory's shape-shifting talent is a bit
wonky. And when she flunks out of her own father's magic academy,
Nory's forced to enter public school, where she meets a group of kids
whose magic is, well, different.
This new, offbeat series from hit authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren
Myracle, and Emily Jenkins chronicles the misadventures of Nory and her
oddball friends, who prove that upside-down magic definitely beats
right side up.
Wednesday July 19, 2017
Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits by Sarah Mlynowski
For Discussion on August 16, 2017
upon a time my brother and I
found a magic mirror...
Tonight the mirror swept us into Cinderella's fairy tale. Now, we are
NOT messing this story up. No way. Cinderella is going to marry her
prince just like she's supposed to.
Cinderella broke her foot, and there's massive swelling. The glass
slipper won't fit, the prince won't know she's the one for him, and
they won't live happily ever after. And it's all our fault!
To save the day we'll need to:
- Learn how to use a dustpan
- Stay out of jail
- Find Cinderella a job
- Make sure true love finds its way
We just have to get it all done before the clock strikes twelve and the
chance for a happy ending is gone . . . forever!
Wednesday August 16, 2017
The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdom by Chris Colfer
For Discussion September 20, 2017
are just the beginning.
The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it's up to
Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him...except Alex has been thrown off
the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they're in danger.
With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding
Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins
discover the Masked Man's secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic
potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is
recruiting an army of literature's greatest villains!
So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world
of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and
Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind
until it's too late?
Fairy tales and classic stories collide in the fourth adventure in the
bestselling Land of Stories series as the twins travel beyond the