All kids age 10 and up are welcome to join our Kids Book Club. In October, we are reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Pick up a copy at the Circulation desk. To register, please call 630-834-1176.
In a Victorian boarding school story, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle’s unconventional upbringing in India leads her to the day she foresees her mother’s death. Her vision turns out to be true. With her mother gone, her father sends her back to England, and enrolls her at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. Gemma blackmails herself and her dumpy roomate, Ann, into a treacherous clique, lead by Felicity and Pippa. Gemma realizes she’s being followed by Kartik, a beautiful young man from India. Her visions continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to discover the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique accompanies Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions and discover that the delights are overwhelmed by a menace they can’t control.
This is a very fun, family read that boys or girls would enjoy. It is about a family with 3 children that live in Flint, Michigan. They go on a road trip to Birmingham, AL and learn several important life lessons along the way. Lots of funny anecdotes. It has a bit of a “Christmas Story” feel to it. Probably, the youngest age I would recommend is 4th grade. There is one chapter that is a little shocking. It isn’t graphic, and none of the story’s characters are harmed, but there is fear, and tension. Overall, the story is very heart warming and fun. The ending can be a bit perplexing for those readers that are very logical and realistic, because the youngest member of the family, who tells the tale, is convinced that he has some sort of mystical connection to death.
I really enjoyed this story. A bit of a tear jerker. I love the friendship between Pheobe and Sal. Their shared “loss” of a mother brings them close and Sal learns to accept her friends quirky behavior by trying to understand the sadness behind it. Discovering the storyline twist was sad and yet clarifying all at the same time. Very enjoyable story and great for boys or girls in 5th grade and up.
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