We have two great books for our Parent/Child Book Clubs this month! Seriously. These two books are both books I tend to recommend to readers on a monthly basis. (And chances are if you want me to list some of my all-time favorite children’s books—I will probably list both of these books for you.)
For Girls Read we will be talking about the book Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. Okay all you book club girls be prepared to really think and feel with this one. It is a realistic fiction book about Ally who doesn’t do well in school. Ally even tries to look dumb and like she doesn’t care just so people won’t really see just how frustrated and hurt she is. But eventually her new teacher figures out that Ally might have a learning disability—so it isn’t that she is dumb. It is just that she has to learn a different way. Also, Ally has to deal with some tough family issues. Her dad is deployed and her mom works a lot. Plus her brother tends to have some of the same struggles that she does. This is a great book full of loads of things for us to discuss. I can’t wait to see what you all think!
For Guys Read we will be reading A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck. This is an amazing book. Really. I’m not just saying that because we are about to read it. This book is about Joey and Mary Alice, a brother and sister, who are sent to visit their grandmother every summer. Each chapter is a different story about what escapades Grandma Dowdel got into when Joey and Mary Alice were visiting. And yes, I mean escapades. That is just the sort of thing that Grandma Dowdel is good at. Joey and Mary Alice learn a lot about themselves, their family, and just what it means to really live life. A Long Way From Chicago was the only book to receive a Newbery Honor in 1999 (Holes won that year). And that means a lot. Basically it seems like that was a year where there were two books that were more outstanding than all the rest. And this was one of them. And once you all read this book…you will want to read the sequels to find out more of what Grandma Dowdel (and Joey and Mary Alice) are up to.