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General News · 21st January 2019
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
All ages are welcome to join us to discuss the following books at the all-island book clubs. These meet on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at Linnaea on the following dates.

January all-island book club date: 1/22
Book: Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. by Judy Blume  fiction, coming-of-age


February (Black history month) book club date : 2/19
Book: Chains  by Laurie Halse Anderson (optional continue trilogy) historic fiction

March All-island book club date : 4/2 
Book: Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (optional: continue trilogy of His Dark Materials

April book club date: 4/23
Book: Hope for Wildlife by Ray MacLeod  non-fiction, essays

May book club date: 5/21
Book: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

More about the books

About Are you there God,?It's Me Margaret.:
Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong. But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush. Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable—you’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend. This is a timely book that deals with coming-of-age and puberty frankly and in a way that can get parents talking with their children.

About Chains...
Chains brings readers deeply and immediately—and emotionally—into events from almost two and a half centuries ago. A real wonder of voice and detail. The American Revolution is the backdrop, but what makes this different is that the story is told in sparkling detail by Isabel, a slave living in Boston, while the forces that would lead to war boil all around her. Chains is joined by Forge and Ashes in Anderson’s “Seeds of America” trilogy.


Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (optional: continue trilogy of His Dark Materials) fantasy
Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal-including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want-but what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other. Philip Pullman is most famous for his His Dark Materials trilogy, a series of young adult fantasy novels which feature free-thought themes.

Hope for Wildlife by Ray MacLeod non-fiction, essays
Since 1997, thousands of animals have been saved through the tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers at Hope for Wildlife, a Nova Scotia wildlife rehabilitation centre. Some animals stories were so unique that they garnered national attention such as founder Hope Swinimer s battle with the department of natural resources over Gretel, a member of the endangered pine marten species. Each creature comes with its own challenges, either through a difficult injury or a quirky personality like Lucifer the inexplicably bald and ornery raccoon but each pa- tient leaves an indelible mark on the lives of those around them. Hope for Wildlife tells the stories of fourteen different wild animals that have passed through the centre.


Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbit
This well-known story is about a girl, Winnie, who discovers a family of immortal folks, the Tucks, living a simple eternal life deep in the woods behind her house. There is a stranger who wants to use their gift for his own gain. Winnie is drawn into the beauty of the family’s life, but also its dangers and the particular sorrow of everlasting life, while the world and its people age and pass by. Perfectly structured, this book is modelled like a giant wheel, turning page by page through the seasons. No reader will remain unchanged after reading it!