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Great Reads for Girls 2023 – 2024





September 14th Great Reads for Girls Kickoff

Kick-off th another great year of the mother-daughter book club! Come for a great night making a fun craft and having a yummy treat! We will be discussing the fun books we will be reading the rest of the year.


October 19th - Diamond Willow by Helen Frost

May contain: book, publication, and novel

Twelve-year-old Willow would rather blend in than stick out. But she still wants to be seen for who she is. She wants her parents to notice that she is growing up. She wants her best friend to like her better than she likes a certain boy. She wants, more than anything, to mush the dogs out to her grandparents' house, by herself, with Roxy in the lead. But sometimes when it's just you, one mistake can have frightening consequences . . . And when Willow stumbles, it takes a surprising group of friends to help her make things right again.





November 16th - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

May contain: advertisement, poster, book, and publication

To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it's too late.








January 18th - The Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

May contain: face, head, person, photography, portrait, blackboard, book, and publication

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.






February 15th - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

May contain: book, publication, and comics

Swept away from her home in Kansas by a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves stranded in the fantastical Land of Oz. As instructed by the Good Witch of the North and the Munchkins, Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to try and find her way to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz, who can help her get home. With her companions the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy experiences an adventure full of friendship, magic and danger.






March 21st - 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

May contain: balloon, grass, plant, people, and person

It's Amanda's 11th birthday and she is super excited -- after all, 11 is so different from 10. But from the start, everything goes wrong. The worst part of it all is that she and her best friend, Leo, with whom she's shared every birthday, are on the outs and this will be the first birthday they haven't shared together. When Amanda turns in for the night, glad to have her birthday behind her, she wakes up happy for a new day. Or is it? Her birthday seems to be repeating iself. What is going on?! And how can she fix it?





April 18th - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgenson Burnett

May contain: book, publication, clothing, coat, person, hat, art, painting, footwear, and shoe

When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle's great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and her uncle keeps himself locked up. And at night, she hears the sound of crying down one of the long corridors. The gardens surrounding the large property are Mary's only escape. Then, Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?





Join us for lively discussions, activities, friendship and fun! For girls ages 8 – 12 accompanied by your mother or another caring adult. Sign up and pick up your booklist at the Larsen-Sant Library! We will meet at 7:00 p.m. (Please note age requirements. No younger siblings please.)