Book Club Meetings

The X Factor Book Club - Stormbreaker

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

From Publishers Weekly

Readers will cheer for Alex Rider, the 14-year-old hero of British author Horowitz's spy thriller. When his guardian and uncle, Ian, is mysteriously killed, Alex discovers that his uncle was not the bank vice-president he purported to be, but rather a spy for the British government. Now the government wants Alex to take over his uncle's mission: investigating Sayle Enterprises, the makers of a revolutionary computer called Stormbreaker. The company's head plans to donate one to every secondary school in England, but his dealings with unfriendly countries and Ian Rider's murder have brought him under suspicion. Posing as a teenage computer whiz who's won a Stormbreaker promotional contest, Alex enters the factory and immediately finds clues from his uncle. Satirical names abound (e.g., Mr. Grin, Mr. Sayle's brutish butler, is so named for the scars he received from a circus knife-throwing act gone wrong) and the hard-boiled language is equally outrageous ("It was a soft gray night with a half-moon forming a perfect D in the sky. D for what, Alex wondered. Danger? Discovery? Or disaster?"). These exaggerations only add to the fun, as do the creative gadgets that Alex uses, including a metal-munching cream described as "Zit-Clean. For Healthier Skin." The ultimate mystery may be a bit of a letdown, but that won't stop readers from racing through Alex's adventures, from a high-speed bike chase to a death-defying dance with a Portuguese man-of-war. 

YABC: Fangirl

Location: Bailey Cove Branch Library
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

 Being consummate fans of the Simon Snow series helped Cath and her twin sister, Wren, cope as little girls whose mother left them, but now, as they start college but not as roommates, Cath fears she is unready to live without Wren holding her hand--and without her passion for Snow.

The X Factor Book Club - The Wishing Spell

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: TBD

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Location: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Athena and Hermes' search for the cause of their unexpected, life-threatening illnesses leads them to Cassandra, a former prophetess, who may be key to a war started by Hera and other Olympians who have become corrupt anti-gods determined to destroy their rivals.

Lovers of Lit Bookclub

Location: Bessie K. Russell Branch Library
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…

The X Factor Book Club - Fablehaven

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among the greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. But when the rules get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and maybe even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most...

Gurley Girls Book Club

Location: Gurley Public Library
Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Book discussion on Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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