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BRONTE’S BOOK CLUB by Kristiana Gregory

BRONTE’S BOOK CLUB

By Kristiana Gregory

Age Range: 10 - 12

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2136-7
Publisher: Holiday House

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)