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Four sixth-graders sign up for a book club, in which they'll read Little Women with their moms. In alternating chapters, each of the four girls describes a meeting. There is aspiring poet Emma, whose librarian mother started the group; Jess, Emma's best friend, who lives on an organic farm; hockey-playing Cassidy, daughter of a former supermodel; and popular Megan. Despite their initial resistance to the club, the girls experience joys and sorrows and develop a closer bond, just like the characters that they grow to love. Plenty of detail and musing about Little Women will entice readers to pick up the book if they have not yet read it, but familiarity with Alcott's classic isn't required to enjoy this story. The girls' relationships and feelings are complex; unfortunately, their typecast mothers are much less so, and a fairy-tale ending caps the story. Still, readers will be easily pulled along to find out how the four girls resolve their differences. A book discussion guide is included. Booth, Heather

About the Author

Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, as well as the highly acclaimed The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed, The Education of Patience Goodspeed, and the Spy Mice series. She resides with her family in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: The Mother-Daughter Book Club
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689864124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689864124
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a 20-year career as a journalist, I decided it was high time to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing fiction for young readers. The rest, as they say, is history.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Summer on December 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is really awesome! I am 14, and I really liked the fact that I got a break from all those young adult books of drugs, vampires, and dark stuff, because that is the only thing that authors write about this days! This book is really good, and for the first time ever, I could relate myself with all the characters -not just one. I also liked the fact that this series always include a classical book. When I got this book last year, I was surprised that I had never read Little Women, eventhough I had heard about it, and this girls (even if they are fictional characters) who were a year younger than me when I had started to read this book, had. So this also inspired me to read Little Woman, which is another book I totally loved.
So I recommend it to anyone, I mean, even my mom liked it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rebelmomof2 VINE VOICE on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Normally, when you read a book in series, it doesn't matter if you read it out of order as normally, the author will introduce a catch-up point for incoming readers. However, in this case, I would recommend that you read these books in order. I read the second book in the series first and liked it so much that I went back and ordered the first book. This book is very sweet, but I like the second one (Much Ado About Anne) much better.

This is the beginnings of a mother-daughter bookclub in Concord, MA. Emma's mom decided to have a book club and their first book for the year deals with Louisa May Alcott, Concord's famous writer. There's Emma, Jessie, Megan and Cassidy, all different from night and day. Their mothers are just as different as well and this is a cute series about sixth graders entering middle school and not quite children but not yet teenagers.

This book is perfect for the Tween set. This one is a little bit more simple in comparison to the sequel, but still, it is quaint. Emma is struggling with her weight issues and her crush on a popular kid at school. Megan wants to be a fashion designer but her mother refuses to hear anything about it. Jessie's mom is in NYC working as an actress on a soap opera show. Cassidy just moved there from California after her dad's death. How do these girls and their mothers become friends when only books seem to be the common denominator? Well as any serious book reader can tell you, books bring people together no matter what their backgrounds are.

It is a very sweet book and I would recommend it for the younger crowd starting at the age of 9. Mothers and daughters will enjoy it and perhaps enjoy their time together.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julie Peterson on October 25, 2009
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About a year and a half, ago my daughter and I decided to start a Mother-Daughter book club with some of our friends. It has been a wonderful experience for me because I have had the opportunity to read books with my daughter and hear her thoughts. I also think it's been a great experience for my daughter because she is learning to delve a little deeper into books, and she is also getting much better at expressing her ideas. Needless to say, we are very passionate about our Mother-Daughter book club!

Now given that I am pretty involved in our mother-daughter book club and I read a lot of middle grade books because I have a daughter in that age range, I have no idea why I hadn't read THE MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB by Heather Vogel Frederick. This book is absolutely perfect for my daughter and me (and our book group.) I am so glad that I finally did because I was sure missing out on a wonderful middle grade book. I absolutely loved this book and its characters!

THE MOTHER -DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB tells the story of four young girls whose mothers (and one father) decide to start a mother-daughter book club. Since girls will be girls, there are many misunderstandings and mishaps (some intentional) along the way. I don't think I will ever get used to how catty girls can be to each other! The story is told from each of the girl's perspectives in alternating chapters. I loved that the author wrote the book this way because it allowed me to understand and appreciate each of the four girls. And, I have no doubt that young girls will definitely relate to at least one of the characters.

Another thing I really liked about this story was that it followed a mother-daughter book club.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Homeschooler on January 24, 2011
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I did enjoy the overall theme of The Mother-Daughter Book Club, and do recommend it for early middle schoolers or maybe 4th or 5th grade (and their moms). However, I cannot overlook the fact that the author rather created a double-standard within her characters. While the mother-daughter book club girls were busy repelling snide remarks and nasty behavior from the "popular" girls (and one of their mothers), I felt the author had the nice girls stoop to almost the same level a few times in reaction/retaliation. It was even more disappointing that the nice girls' moms acted/spoke a bit immaturely at times. While I suppose it lent some humor and perhaps some reality to the book (too many adults really don't treat others or talk about others in positive ways), it was nonetheless a bit of a let down in an otherwise perfect little book. It seemed to me that part of the point of the story was overcoming difficulties, stereotypes, and increasing self-esteem/self-worth (which isn't truly accomplished by tearing others down either in your mind or verbally -- even if the target of your comments happens to be snotty, obnoxious, or overweight). I will let my girls read The Mother-Daughter Book Club, and may try the second one as well, but we will examine the characters' positive and negative reactions, and will definitely discuss the best way to handle such feelings and situations. Also, I guess most girls this age are beginning to have a bit of an obsession with fashion and looks, and I think the author could have downplayed that just a bit in an effort to spotlight that inner beauty and being comfortable with yourself is just as important (if not more) as outer beauty, fashion sense, or fitting in. All-in-all, it had a positive message and was refreshingly appropriate.Read more ›
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