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Favorites for Mother/Daughter Book Groups

Compiled suggestions from goodnightmoon, June 2011.

Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1975)(Guide)
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.
a wonderful story about a young girl with a touch choice – stay young forever or grow old. It fosters interesting conversation between moms and girls.”

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic, 2004)(Guide)
When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.

Broach, Elise. Masterpiece (Henry Holt, 2008)(Guide)
After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Connor, Leslie. Crunch (Katherine Tegen, 2010)(Guide)
The oldest Marriss brother, fourteen-year-old Dewey, attempts to be the “embodiment of responsibility” as he juggles the management of the family’s bicycle repair business while sharing the household and farm duties with his siblings after a sudden energy crisis strands their parents far from home.

Connor, Leslie. Waiting for Normal (Katherine Tegen, 2008)(Guide)
Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother’s erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved stepfather and half-sisters when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, New York.

Cottrell Boyce, Frank. Cosmic (Walden Pond Press, 2010)(Guide)
Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he is thirty and is tired of being treated like he is older than he actually is, decides he is going to pose as the adult chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space, but when he ends up in outer space with a group of kids and no adult supervision, he must think fast to make things right.

Creech, Sharon. Chasing Redbird (HarperCollins, 1997)(Guide)
Thirteen-year-old Zinnia Taylor uncovers family secrets and self truths while clearing a mysterious settler trail that begins on her family’s farm in Kentucky.

Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons (HarperCollins, 1994)(Guide)
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.lots to discuss about family relations- any girl that age can relate to and Mom’s remember the problems of being that age.

Davies, Jacqueline. The Lemonade War (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)(Guide)
Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand.

DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember (Random House, 2003)(Guide)
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Eason, Alethea. Hungry (Eos, 2007)
Deborah develops a crush on her best friend Willy, but she is not happy when her alien parents tell her she must eat him for dinner.

Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner (Douglas & McIntyre, 2001)(Guide)
Because the Taliban rulers of Kabul, Afghanistan, impose strict limitations on women’s freedom and behavior, eleven-year-old Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so that her family can survive after her father’s arrest.

Ferrari, Michael. Born to Fly (Delacorte, 2009)
In 1942, an eleven-year-old girl who longs to be a pilot and her family try to manage their lives in Rhode Island when the father goes to fight in World War II.

Hale, Shannon. The Goose Girl (Bloomsbury, 2003)(Guide)
On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.

Hiaasen, Carl. Scat (Knopf, 2009)(Guide)
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal (Amulet, 2007)(Guide)
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

Law, Ingrid. Savvy (Dial, 2008)(Guide)
Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her “savvy”–a magical power unique to each member of her family–just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Law, Ingrid. Scumble (Dial, 2010)(Guide)
Mibs’s cousin Ledge is disappointed to discover that his “savvy”–the magical power unique to each member of their family–is to make things fall apart, which endangers his uncle Autry’s ranch and reveals the family secret to future reporter Sarah.

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1962)(Guide)
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown, 2009)(“Event Kit“)
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.

Mass, Wendy. 11 Birthdays (Scholastic, 2009)
After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Mass, Wendy. The Candymakers (Little, Brown, 2010)
When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents’ Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionary Association’s annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves during the process.
great for showing how a story can change when told from different character’s perspectives and it is a bit of a modern-day Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (plus if you do snacks there are lots of yummy ideas!)

Nelson, O. T. The Girl Who Owned a City (Runestone Press, 1995, c1975)
When a plague sweeps over the earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life.

O’Connor, Barbara. How to Steal a Dog (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007)(Guide)
Living in the family car in their small North Carolina town after their father leaves them virtually penniless, Georgina, desperate to improve their situation and unwilling to accept her overworked mother’s calls for patience, persuades her younger brother to help her in an elaborate scheme to get money by stealing a dog and then claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.
I read [this] with my Mother/Daughter group and they loved it

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Riding Freedom (Scholastic, 1998)(Guide)
A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

Schaefer, Laura. The Teashop Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
Fourteen-year-old Annie, along with her two best friends, tries desperately to save her grandmother’s beloved, old-fashioned teashop in Madison, Wisconsin, while she also learns to accept the inevitability of change in life. Includes proverbs, quotations, and brief stories about tea, as well as recipes.

Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures (Scholastic, 2007)(Guide)
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me (Wendy Lamb, 2009)(Guide)
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1970s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Stewart, Jennifer J. Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind (Holiday House, 2004)
Twelve-year-old Annie is reluctant to travel to a village in Nepal for her father’s two-month medical mission, but once there she assists at the clinic, makes friends with a local girl, and has adventures that change her life.

Tarshis, Lauren. Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree (Dial, 2007)(Guide)
A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief (Knopf, 1998)(Guide)
Thirteen-year-old Sammy’s penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the “seedy” hotel across the street from the seniors’ building where she is living with her grandmother.

Other Resources: Mother-Daughter Bookclub.com10 Great Books for Mother-Daughter Book Clubs12 Great Books for Mother-Daughter Book Clubs.

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  1. Michele Capozzella
    July 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I read How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O’Connor with my Mother/Daughter group and they loved it. Also Hungry by Alethea Eason and Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis.

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