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Bronte's Book Club
     

Bronte's Book Club

by Kristiana Gregory
 

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* "[A] poignantly wholesome offering." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
* "This book shows how talking about a great story can spark connections." - BOOKLIST

When twelve-year old Bronte moves to a small California beach town, she tries to form a book club in order to make friends. It has a rocky start with jealousy, quarrels, and gossip. But as the girls discuss the historical

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* "[A] poignantly wholesome offering." - KIRKUS REVIEWS
* "This book shows how talking about a great story can spark connections." - BOOKLIST

When twelve-year old Bronte moves to a small California beach town, she tries to form a book club in order to make friends. It has a rocky start with jealousy, quarrels, and gossip. But as the girls discuss the historical novel Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, they see parallels in their lives and that of the main character, Karana, the Chumash Indian who had lived alone on San Nicholas Island during the mid-1800s. As they reflect on, and quote from the story they begin to discover true friendship. And of course, a good dog is involved!

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Booklist
This book shows how talking about a great story can spark connections.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Bronte and her parents have just moved to the California coast and she is determined to make friends here. As part of this new resolve, Bronte begins a book club which meets at her house. At the first meeting, Willow comes with snacks and Nan, also new to the area, arrives late, but no books are discussed. Bronte chooses the Island of the Blue Dolphins at the next meeting. Lupe, a close friend of Willow, and Jessie join Willow, Bronte, and Nan. As the girls continue to meet, the discussion focuses on them and the book recedes somewhat to the background in spite of Bronte's efforts. Bronte realizes that she and Nan have quite a bit in common and that Willow's life is not as perfect as it appears. All the girls learn from each other in the relaxed summer days before school begins. Bronte learns how to be a good friend and feel as though she belongs. The action moves along quickly in this short novel that seems ideal for middle school girls, especially girls who may be new to an area or those who have trouble making friends. The book concludes with tips for forming a book club and the recipe for Bronte's brownies. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
Having moved from New Mexico to a seaside California cottage, 12-year-old Bronte embarks on a new venture-overcoming her shyness with new friends. An avid reader and lover of sophisticated words like "delectable" and "palaver," Bronte decides to start a book club posting an open invitation to "Girls Who Like to Read!!" Her first meeting, "a veritable disaster," brings no one to her door. By her second and third attempt, beautiful Willow, free-spirited Nan, Willow's best friend Lupe and sullen, troubled Jessie have joined. Tentatively encouraged, Bronte chooses Island of the Blue Dolphins for their weekly meetings. Gregory's use of a book-club scenario serves well as a vehicle for the girls to explore personal situations through connections made with the book's themes, actions, and protagonist. Her subtle message that an atmosphere of trust and understanding enhances friendship is presented effectively through the initial bonding between Nan and Bronte, a rift between Bronte, Willow and Lupe and the girls' genuine concern for Jessie. A spelunking expedition adds adventure and suspense to this poignantly wholesome offering. (Fiction. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422098
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Kristiana Gregory has published more than 30 children's book with Scholastic, Harcourt and Holiday House, and has now ventured into self-publishing with her memoir LONGHAND: ONE WRITER'S JOURNEY.

She grew up in Manhattan Beach, California, two blocks from the beach and she always loved to make up stories, telling her younger siblings whoppers that would leave them wide-eyed. Her first rejection letter at age eleven was for a poem she wrote in class when she was supposed to be doing a math assignment. She's had a myriad of odd jobs: telephone operator, lifeguard, camp counselor, reporter, book reviewer & columnist for the LA Times.

Kristiana's award-winning novels include JENNY OF THE TETONS, which earned the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. Set in 1876, it tells the story of the Shoshone Indian and her fur-trapper husband, Beaver Dick Leigh. Jenny Lake and Leigh Lake in Wyoming are named after this couple.

STALKED: DANGER AND FURY, ELLIS ISLAND 1912 won the 2012 Gold Medal for Young Adult Mystery from Literary Classics and is hailed as "historical fiction with a thrilling twist." KIRKUS says it "will thrill YA readers ... with insightful details about the immigration process and New York tenements in the early 1900s."

Her most recent title with Scholastic's Dear America series is CANNONS AT DAWN, a sequel to the best-selling THE WINTER OF RED SNOW, which was made into a movie for the HBO Family Channel. Her Royal Diary, CLEOPATRA VII: DAUGHTER OF THE NILE, was also an HBO movie.

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BRONTE'S BOOK CLUB. Set in a town by the sea, five girls read Scott O'Dell's ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, finding parallels in their lives and that of the main character, Karana, the Chumash Indian who lived alone on San Nicholas Island during the 1800s.
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Kristiana & her husband have two adult sons, and live in Idaho with their two golden retrievers. In her spare time she loves to swim, hike, read & hang out with friends.

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