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The Mother-daughter Book Club
ISBN: 9781416970798
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: April 2008
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Annotation: "The book club

is about to get

a makeover...."

Even if Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is late for hockey practice, Emma's already read every book in existence, and Jess is missing her mother too much to care, the new book club is scheduled to meet every month.

But what begins as a mom-imposed ritual of reading "Little Women" soon helps four unlikely friends navigate the drama of middle school. From stolen journals, to secret crushes, to a fashion-fiasco first dance, the girls are up to their Wellie boots in drama. They can't help but wonder: What would Jo March do?

Acclaimed author Heather Vogel Frederick will delight daughters of all ages in a novel about the fabulousness of fiction, family, and friendship.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family
- Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Library of Congress Subjects:
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Books and reading; Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2008013299
Lexile Measure: 750
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Mother Daughter Book Club
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under
Target Age Group: Age 9-11
Target Grade: Grade 4-6
Grade level: Grade 4-6
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.25" W
Lexile Level: 750
Bargain Category: Growing Up, Middle School, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 114788
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45569
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 15.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"The book club

is about to get

a makeover...."

Even if Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is late for hockey practice, Emma's already read every book in existence, and Jess is missing her mother too much to care, the new book club is scheduled to meet every month.

But what begins as a mom-imposed ritual of reading "Little Women" soon helps four unlikely friends navigate the drama of middle school. From stolen journals, to secret crushes, to a fashion-fiasco first dance, the girls are up to their Wellie boots in drama. They can't help but wonder: What would Jo March do?

Acclaimed author Heather Vogel Frederick will delight daughters of all ages in a novel about the fabulousness of fiction, family, and friendship.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
Four sixth-grade girls and three of their mothers read [cf2]Little Women[cf1] for their book club. Reluctant at first, the girls manage to overcome their misgivings. The girls' voices are a bit stiff and stereotypical, and Frederick reaches too far for some of her [cf2]Little Women[cf1] parallels. But the concept is sweet and the Concord, Massachusetts, setting well drawn. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 April #1)

Allusions to Little Women , sprinkled throughout this contemporary novel, may well pique the interest of Louisa May Alcott buffs. Frederick (the Patience Goodspeed books; the Spy Mice series) alternates the perspectives of Emma, Megan, Cassidy and Jess, members of a mother-daughter book club who are reading Little Women while adjusting to their first year of middle school. Emma, an aspiring writer, has grown apart from her former best friend, Megan, who gained entry into the popular crowd after her father's invention made the family rich. Despite her heightened status, Megan isn't altogether happy, since her mother scorns her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Meanwhile, tomboy Cassidy mourns the loss of her father, who was killed in an accident, and Jess misses her mother, who has gone to New York to pursue an acting career. All of the girls are less enthusiastic about the book club than their parents are, but as might be expected, their attitudes change as they become absorbed in Little Women and its author, who grew up in their hometown of Concord, Mass. The girls' increasing sensitivity to each other's problems is convincing, but the way in which each character finds happiness (during a whirlwind trip to New York City) is more dependent on lucky circumstance than personal achievement. Still, this club's success in uniting a group of disparate sixth-graders may well inspire readers to start one of their own. Ages 9-12. (Apr.)

[Page 57]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 August)

Gr 4–6— Emma is teased about wearing hand-me-downs by the mean Fab Four, but the fact that she has a cool older brother evens things out a bit. At the end of the first day of sixth grade, her librarian mom announces that Emma will be joining her after dinner for the newly formed Mother-Daughter Book Club and that the first book will be Little Women . Megan is one of the Fab Four; her health-obsessed mother is also dragging her off to the book club. The other two members are Emma's friend Jess and Cassidy, a jock. Each chapter is narrated by one of the girls; unfortunately, they all sound alike and there is nothing to distinguish one voice from another. While the setting, Concord, MA, provides an appealing scenic backdrop, the story tries too hard to find parallels to Little Women . Problems and how they are overcome seem forced and unrealistically resolved. The supposed insights learned from studying Little Women don't seem to apply to those outside the club as mean girls are one-upped and boorish adults are told off. A running joke about an overweight, unpleasant adult is disturbing especially as the remarks are condoned and even instigated by the adults, something Marmee March would not have approved of. Discussion questions for this book and an author's note are appended.—Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY

[Page 116]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.