This is the summer to end all summers! Wanna know why?
‘Cause this summer, GL is starting the Lit Chicks Challenge. We’re throwing
down the gauntlet and daring you to
stick with us as we read some of the best books 2011 has to offer.
Here’s the deal, bookworms: Over 10 weeks, we’ll be reading
eight incredible books. Every Friday starting June 24, we’re gonna post a GL
Book Club review along with some discussion questions to get the convo going.
Have to miss a week or two? No worries! Just catch up with us next time.
And now…(drum roll, please!)…here are the books!
One of our favorite authors tries her hand at paranormal
fiction in this dark retelling of the Persephone myth. Pierce is torn between
two worlds. Can she start fresh in a new town and a new school, or will he
always be pulling her back?
Review and discussion to be posted on… June 24
A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
Lovers of Ella Enchanted and Fairest will adore
this new fic from Gail Carson Levine. Elodie is new to the town of Two Castles.
When she joins forces with a dragon named Meenore to solve the greatest
mysteries of the realm, will she be able to topple a greedy king and
shape-shifting ogre, or is the town she now calls home doomed to suffer?
Review and discussion to be posted on… July 1
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch
When her mother dies, 16-year-old Alexandria Lee is forced
to give up her West Coast roots and move in with her grandmother in Savannah,
GA. When she’s invited to join an exclusive debutante society, she rolls her
eyes at the formality and traditions she’s expected to participate in. But what
will happen when she discovers that everything is not so perfect under the
Review and discussion to be posted on… July 8
Close to Famous
by Joan Bauer
When 12-year-old Foster McFee runs away from her Memphis
home with her mom, all she has is a learning disorder, a pillowcase stuffed
with mementos and an incredible talent for baking. They relocate to a tiny West
Virginia town and discover that dreams really can come true among a cast of
Review and discussion to be posted on… July 15
What Would My Cell Phone Do? by Micol Ostow
Transplanted from her Miami home to frosty Alaska,
16-year-old Aggie Eckhart thinks life couldn’t get any worse. She has no
friends, her mom is driving her nuts and to top it all of, her cell is MIA.
Great. But when GPS details how her gadget’s been living the high life, she is
determined to not be outdone by her phone. World, it’s time for a whole new
Review and discussion to be posted on…July 22
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland on a Ship of
Her Own Making by Catherynne M.
One day, 12-year-old September meets a strange gentleman by
the kitchen window. The Green Wind, as he is known, takes her to Fairyland for
a series of adventures she won’t soon forget. Accompany September to the Enchanted
Wood and beyond in this, the first book in Catherynne Valente’s magical new
Review and discussion to be posted on… July 29
How To Die of Embarrassment Every Day by Ann Hodgman
Funny girls will love this hysterical memoir written by the
much-loved Ann Hodgman. In How To Die of Embarrassment, Ann takes a walk down memory lane…and ruefully
recounts ever pothole and speed bump along the way.
Review and discussion to be posted on… August 5
Babe in Boyland
by Jody Gehrman
Seveteen-year-old Natalie Rowan is Dr. Aphrodite, the
relationship columnist for her high school’s newspaper. In pursuit of fame and
recognition, Natalie decides to try her hand at investigative reporting…and
goes undercover as “Nat” as the local boys’ academy! Will she discover how the
other half really thinks, or just land
herself in a world of trouble?
Review and discussion to be posted on… August 12
Not sure where to find our selections?
Check your local library's catalog. If they don't have it, request that they order it, or see if you can have it sent to you from another library. You can also grab it used or new at a local bookstore or through Amazon.com
Can’t wait to get started? Join our Lit Chicks Challenge summer reading book club! CLICK HERE to become a member of the hottest club of the summer.
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 6/10/2011 2:00:00 PM
POSTED IN Book Club, books we love, Meg Cabot, book reviews, Joan Bauer, Lit Chicks Challenge 2011