Main Street # 5: The Secret Book Club

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Flora, Ruby, Olivia, and Nikki start their own summer book club when well-loved books start appearing on their doorsteps in the fifth of Ann Martin's wonderful Main Street books.

Flora and Ruby are about to start their second summer in Camden Falls. An element of mystery is instantly added when someone -- the girls don't know who -- leaves copies of a very special book on their doorstop, with instructions to read and discuss it. Olivia and Nikki also get books, and soon the ...

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Overview


Flora, Ruby, Olivia, and Nikki start their own summer book club when well-loved books start appearing on their doorsteps in the fifth of Ann Martin's wonderful Main Street books.

Flora and Ruby are about to start their second summer in Camden Falls. An element of mystery is instantly added when someone -- the girls don't know who -- leaves copies of a very special book on their doorstop, with instructions to read and discuss it. Olivia and Nikki also get books, and soon the girls are starting their own book club -- with some very interesting ties between the books they're reading and the things they're facing over the summer. But who's their literary benefactor? The girls don't need to read Nancy Drew to track down the answer....

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Flora and Ruby have live with their grandmother Mim since losing their parents in a car accident. They are concerned that they are facing a boring summer. Mim takes them to her shop, Needle and Thread, every day. The girls want more activities and independence. One morning when they arrive at the shop, they are surprised by four packages one for each including their friends Nikki and Olivia. Each package has a book and a letter, encouraging them to establish a book club. A new package will arrive every month with a Newbery award book. Except for Ruby, who hates to read, the other three girls love getting acquainted with: Roll of Thunder, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM, Understood Betsy, and The Summer of the Swans. They are excited by the mystery of who is sending the books and what book will promote what project next month. The summer includes many thrilling events: a fire occurs at the diner; the girls meet a boy with Down Syndrome; Olivia is left out of Tanya's pool party, and the girls celebrate Nelson Day. They get a tour of a secret historic underground railroad and an opportunity to "Go Green" by planting a vegetable garden. This is the fifth book in the "Main Street" series, and the author of "The Baby-sitters Club" series creates the town as another character in the story in this new group of books. A detailed map allows the reader to follow the girls as they explore around Camden Falls. The last few pages have directions for starting a book club, recipes, a craft activity, and discussion questions. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Ann Martin's series involves four friends in the small community of Camden Falls and exhibits her usual mix of impeccable prose and ease with today's slang. In this episode (Scholastic, pap. 2008), Flora, Ruby, Olivia, and Nikki find books that are mysteriously left at their door-Robert O'Brien's "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H," Dorothy Canfield Fisher's "Understood Betsy," "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" by Mildred Taylor, and several others. Each book comes with a message telling them to read the book and do something new. Who could be sending these books? Before long, the four friends form a book club. Ariadne Meyers makes each girl's voice unique as well as those of the other characters. She perfectly slips in and out of dialogue and expository text. A must-have for fans of the series.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Branch Library, Santa Barbara, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439868839
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Main Street Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 332,304
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, BELLE TEAL, the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, HERE TODAY, A DOG'S LIFE, and ON CHRISTMAS EVE, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE with Paula Danziger, and THE DOLL PEOPLE and THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    The K Man, Jack's big bro

    I have no clue wass goin on!!! : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    Firework

    Sits down again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    White

    He exits with the 2 fireworks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Red

    *buys some fireworks that explode into the shape of a charizard* thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Vynx

    Thanks! *I slide the bits on the table, take the items, and fly away.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    AL

    Isn't this illegal?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Firework

    "Oh yeah. Thatll be 10 bits, and ill give you this gift card for the inconvenience. Its good for fifty bits off. So yeah. But you cant use it today."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    highly recommended

    our girls love this series, and prefer this publication version with the details inside the covers.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    How exciting it would be to have someone secretly send you and three other friends the same book, and then have an activity to do after each of you read it. That is what happens to Flora, Ruby, Olivia, and Nikki. <BR/><BR/>Someone is leaving books on the doorstep of Needle and Thread addressed to them for them to read over the summer. They read a lot of my favorite books, such as THE SECRET OF NIHM, THE SUMMER OF THE SWANS, and UNDERSTOOD BETSY. <BR/><BR/>The girls loved the idea, even Ruby, who doesn't like reading. They end up doing a lot of fun activities. The theme of the summer is bravery, and each girl does something which they wouldn't have normally done. <BR/><BR/>I really enjoy the MAIN STREET series. The books show life as an exciting adventure but in a very sweet way. It is like going back to my childhood where life was slow but a lot of fun. I like the main characters, who have a lot of depth and act like real kids. Maybe because these stories are told from the perspective of small town America they seem to be sweeter than most, and I would definitely want my children to have these experiences. These are worth the time so check them out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Great book!

    This book is very well detailed.It's makes you want to read on.This book is the kind of book you can't put down, it is so interesting.You may have some trouble understanding if you accidently skip a page though.This book makes you want to get up and say I LOVE THIS BOOK! You have to read it. Has sooo many great events.You also should read the other books in the series,I can't wait til i read the next book.Read all about Flora,Nikki,Ruby,Oliva and other Main Street kids as they go on in their adventures.Also this book is good for kids ages 8-12.This series relates to what a kid actuall kids may go through in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    main street rocks

    i love all the main street books. i enjoy the little town of camdams falls.the friendship of oliva,niki,ruby and flora. also i loved about this one was a book club because i love reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    This is a great series!! It follows Flora and Ruby through real situations!

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