Beside her brother’s graveside Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up an object, hidden beneath the snow. The object is The Grave Digger’s Handbook dropped in the snow by accident and is her first act of book thievery. Which starts a love affair with books and words and with the help of her accordion playing foster father learn to read. Soon she is stealing books from book burnings done by Nazis, the library of the mayor’s wife and wherever she can find them. But times turn dangerous when her Liesel’s foster family decide to hide a Jewish man in their basement.
Category Archives: Realistic Fiction
Harriet Manners knows many, many things.
* Cats have 32 muscles just in each ear : 64 muscles in all *
* Bluebirds cannot see the colour blue *
* The average humane laughs around 15 times a day *
* Peanuts are an ingredient of dynamite *
But she doesn’t know why anyone in her school likes her. So when she has
the opportunity to change her life around, she takes it. Can she transform
herself from geek to chic?
Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is going to be late for hockey practise, Emma’s already read almost every book out there and Jess is missing her mother too much. Their mothers have decided to start a book club and to meet every month. From stolen diaries to secret crushes, to the drama of their first dance. Even if these girls have nothing in common they’re going to learn the true meaning of friendship that begins with a mom inspired ritual of reading the classic book Little Women. Through all these problems they can’t help but ask themselves “What would Jo March do?”
When the girls start the seventh grade, their mothers have a big surprise for Emma, Megan, Cassidy and Megan. The mothers have invited super mean and super snotty Becca Chadwick to their mother-daughter book club! But when Jess finds out her family is selling Half Moon farm, the girls have bigger problems. In the year the girls will go through Anne of Green Gables, skating parties, a mother daughter camping trip and a fashion show to save the farm, the girls realize that the only way that they’ll save the farm is to work together, including Becca.
The girls start to worry that this is the end of their book club when Jess is offered an anonymous scholarship to a private school. From their circumstances, the mothers decide to read “Daddy-Long-Legs” and become pen pals with another book club in Gopher Hole Wyoming. And there is a lot to write about. To protesting school uniforms, changing families, to a surprise kiss, the girls are expecting a bumpy year ahead of them.
Before the girls start freshman year in high school, Emma moves to England. But the girls still find a way to continue their book club, reading “Pride and Prejudice”. While in England, Emma meets super mean queen bee Annabelle. And back in Concord, Annabelle’s cousins swapped houses with Emma’s family and is causing a lot of problems with the other girls. Cassidy becomes frenemies with Tristan, a modern day Mr Darcy, while everyone at school is crushing for his brother, Simon. Megan creates a fashion blog and gets herself into some trouble and Jess discovers her talent with helping wild animals. The girls figure out a plan to bring Emma home by starting a pie business, Pies and Prejudice. But when the plan backfires, the girls wonder if the book club will ever be the same.