December 16, 2012

Mother-Daughter Book Club registration

After a very successful initial mother-daughter book club last year, I am excited to be organizing the book club once again for a 2013 meeting. All LMS girls and their mothers are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

We will plan to have our first meeting sometime in January. We will work hard to avoid conflicts with activities. At our first meeting, we will distribute copies of the book that we select and get to know each other. We will meet again three or four weeks later to discuss the book as a group. You and your daughter will want to read the book between those meetings.

Registration forms are available in the library. On the registration form you will be asked to vote for one of two books that we are considering reading. We will use the book that receives the most votes. Both are amazing books about strong young female characters:

The Running Dream-($9.99)

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself-she wants to take Rosa with her.

Out of My Mind-($6.99)

Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom-the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it...somehow. In this breakthrough story, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

Realize that you will be responsible for the cost of the books for you and your daughter. When we have decided on our book, I will place an order for the books. You may choose to share one book or purchase a copy for each of you. You may also purchase your own copies, if you wish, or buy it for your e-reader.

I want to order books before Christmas break, so please ask your daughter to pick up a Mother-Daughter Book Club registration form in the library and return it to the library by Monday, December 17th.