“Hot Lunch,” by Alex Bradley – February’s Teen Book Club Book!

This month’s Teen Book Club selection is “Hot Lunch” by Alex Bradley. The book is available at the check out desk. The book club will meet on Saturday, February 7th at 12 Noon. Come to “Yak and Snack!” – refreshments will be provided. This book has also been nominated for a Beehive Book Award- the best books in Utah! Sign up today!
Book Summary:
“Molly Ollinger can’t stand perky Cassie Birchmeyer. When they are forced to collaborate on a school project, their bickering escalates into a food fight in the Sunshine Day School cafeteria. But because Sunshine Day isn’t your average high school, the girls’ punishment isn’t detention—it’s to work in the cafeteria as lunch ladies. Ewww. They’ll have to cook up a way to get along in order to get themselves out of the kitchen. Seasoned with hilarious original songs, slams on traditional school-lunch menus, not to mention downright tasty recipes, Hot Lunch is the best thing to hit school lunch since Tater Tots. ” – from Amazon.com

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“Jennifer Murdley’s Toad,” by Bruce Coville – This month’s Mother/Daughter Book Club book!

Check out January’s Mother/Daughter Book Club book! The book club will be held on Friday, January 30th at 7PM. Sign up and check out the book at the front desk today!
Publisher’s Weekly says:
“This fanciful story questions the value of beauty yet spins out of control after a promising start. Jennifer, a fifth-grader, agonizes over her appearance–”I’m just a kid in the plain brown wrapper”–and her schoolmates’ taunts are doubly painful. After purchasing a toad from a mysterious shopkeeper Jennifer is amazed to discover that not only can Bufo talk, he can mimic voices unerringly. At school the canny amphibian inflicts vengeance on Sharra, a nasty classmate. When a gorgeous witch kidnaps Jennifer’s youngest sibling, her evil intentions are thwarted by teamwork–and by Jennifer’s sacrifices that reveal qualities surpassing mere beauty. Coville’s ( Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher ) comical classroom scenes lapse into a convoluted web involving Bufo’s long-lost sweetheart and the belabored idea that pulchritude denotes cruelty; unattractiveness, humanity. The book’s laudable message, however, is clearly delineated, and as kind, loyal Jennifer endures a poor self-image, one hopes readers will see the light.”

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“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne

“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne is an intermediate chapter book, but I would recommend it for mature children. The subject matter is fairly intense, but is written well and is never explicitly graphic. This novel is about a boy named Bruno, whose family moves from their home in Berlin to a secluded home by a place the children think is called “Out-With.” Their father is a Nazi guard at Auschwitz. Bruno befriends a boy while exploring one day, and it turns out his friend is a Jewish prisoner in the camp. While I suggest you read this with a box of tissues, it is also uplifting. Check it out!

This book has also been made into a movie recently. On http://www.rottentomatoes.com/, the movie has gotten average reviews, but I am curious to see it for myself!

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