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Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club

Since 2008 I have run a monthly book club for girls 9-12 and their moms at indie bookstore Books Inc. in San Francisco's Laurel Village. Here is a year's worth of our most recent picks. Why not listen in?

Playlist Tags: Books Inc. genre: Children's audience: kids audience: middle grade bookstore-created audience: mothers topic: book club topic: mother daughter book club audience: tweens audience: families season: mothers day

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Hello, Universe

By Erin Entrada Kelly
Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo & Amielynn Abellera
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes

Winner of the Newbery Medal

“A charming, intriguingly plotted novel.” —Washington Post

Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and... Read more »

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Orphan Island

By Laurel Snyder
Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

A National Book Award Longlist title!

"A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon

"This is one of those books that haunts you long after you read it. Thought-provoking and magical." —Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series

In the tradition of modern-day... Read more »

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The Science of Breakable Things

By Tae Keller
Narrated by: Jennifer Kim
Length: 5 hours 12 minutes

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY • KIRKUS REVIEWS
 
The spectacular debut novel from the Newbery Award winning author of When You Trap a Tiger. This is an uplifting story about friendship, family, and the complicated science of the heart.


When Natalie’s science teacher suggests that she enter an egg drop... Read more »

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Out of Left Field

The Gordon Family Saga: Book #3

By Ellen Klages
Narrated by: Julie Dretzin
Length: 7 hours 29 minutes

A story about the fight for equal rights in America's favorite arena: the baseball field!

Ten-year-old Katy Gordon loves baseball, and she's good at it, too. She tries out for the 1958 Little League season in the disguise of a boy, and she gets in easily. But when the coach finds out she's a girl, he forbids her from playing. "Since the beginning... Read more »

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Amal Unbound

By Aisha Saeed
Narrated by: Priya Ayyar
Length: 4 hours 36 minutes

"Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The compelling story of a girl's fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.


Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy... Read more »

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: Book #1

By Jessica Townsend
Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 11 hours

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

“From the moment the clock strikes midnight on her eleventh birthday, Morrigan Crow’s life is forfeit. Born on Eventide, the most unlucky day of the year, she’s lived her short life as a cursed child — neglected and blamed for every misfortune of those around her. But when eccentric benefactor Jupiter North whisks her away from certain doom and brings her to the mysterious and magical city of Nevermoor, she gets a second chance at life. The safety of the Wundrous Society awaits her, but first she has to earn her place in a series of trials — ones that will test the limits of her bravery, wit, and compassion. Jessica Townsend has created an enchanting world with a delightfully feisty protagonist, and Gemma Whelan’s narration brings the characters to life, packing even more personality into a cast that’s already bursting at the seams with charm. Step boldly into the world of Nevermoor, you won’t regret it.”

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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

By Laura Shovan
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross, Kevin R. Free, Jessica Almasy, Jill Frutkin, Cherise Boothe, Rachel Botchan, Stina Nielsen & Ramon De Ocampo
Length: 3 hours 14 minutes

Eighteen kids, one year of poems, one school set to close. Two yellow bulldozers crouched outside, ready to eat the building in one greedy gulp. But look out, bulldozers. Ms. Hill's fifth-grade class has plans for you. They're going to speak up and work together to save their school. Laura Shovan's engaging novel is a time capsule of one class's... Read more »

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Lumberjanes

Unicorn Power!
Lumberjanes: Book #1

By Mariko Tamaki
Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
Length: 4 hours 15 minutes

Based on the bestselling, cult-favorite graphic novels, this series of middle-grade novels follows the five campers on totally new, action-packed adventures Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin-Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley-love their summers at camp.... Read more »

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Amina's Voice

By Hena Khan
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

"Amina's anxieties are entirely relatable, but it's her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist." -Entertainment Weekly A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family's vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this sweet and moving middle grade... Read more »

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Cloud and Wallfish

By Anne Nesbet
Narrated by: Will Ropp
Length: 7 hours 54 minutes

Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of smoke, secrets, and lies in this stunning novel where someone is always listening and nothing is as it seems.

Noah Keller has a pretty normal life, until one wild afternoon when his parents pick him up from school and head straight for the airport, telling him on the ride that his name isn’t really... Read more »

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Short

By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 6 hours 33 minutes

In this heartwarming and funny middle-grade novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Counting by 7s, Julia grows into herself while playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz
 
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought... Read more »

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Lemons

By Melissa Savage
Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 7 hours 15 minutes

The search for Bigfoot gets juicy in this funny and touching story that’s perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses and the movie Smallfoot!
 
Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can’t possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California—the Bigfoot... Read more »

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