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Bronte's Book Club Paperback – March 1, 2009
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Bronte, 12, is lonely when her family moves to a small town on the California coast, so she starts a book club, and slowly makes friends with four girls as needy as she is. The first book she chooses is Scott O’Dell’s classic Island of the Blue Dolphins. The book is set off the coast where Bronte now lives, and like O’Dell’s castaway character, Karana, Bronte loves surfing with the wild seals and dolphins. The four girls quarrel, cry, laugh, and enjoy the snacks together; in fact, Bronte gets irritated when, instead of talking about the book, they talk about personal stuff (Does Willow have trouble reading? Why is Jessie so angry?), until Bronte finds herself revealing her loneliness. Back matter includes suggestions for starting a book group; but more than just about creating a club, this book shows how talking about a great story can spark connections. Grades 3-6. --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. (Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk)
Top customer reviews
I personally would have liked to have seen more than one book discussed , but I did find that if you are a Tween and wanting to start your own book group up for you and your friends - then Bronte's Book Club gives reader's an insight into what a book group can or could look like.
#This was a library book.
One reason I liked this book so much was that Bronte likes to read, and so do I. This book was also fun for me, because I've read Island of the Blue Dolphins, and so I found it interesting when they discussed it. This book offers realistic ways to meet new people, and I think I might do a book club like this one.
In the back of the book it shows you how to start a book club, and how to make some of the snacks she makes for her group.
I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.