Children's Upcoming Book Groups

For 2nd & 3rd Grade:

A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

Tuesday, August 9 at 5:30 PM

This book group will be held virtually via Zoom. We will send you the meeting link the afternoon of our meeting. Register now here.

This book can be found digitally through Overdrive/Libby or you can place a physical book on hold to pickup in the Library.

For more information, or help accessing the book, please email hijuv@ocln.org or call the Children's Department at 781-741-1405 ext. 1403.

About the Book

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

"This sweet and thoughtful novel chronicles Bat’s experiences and challenges at school with friends and teachers and at home with his sister and divorced parents. Approachable for younger or reluctant readers while still delivering a powerful and thoughtful story" (from the review by Brightly, which named A Boy Called Bat a best book of the year).

A Boy Called Bat book cover

For 4th & 5th Grade:

Riley's Ghost by John David Anderson

Tuesday, August 23 at 5:30 PM
 
This book group will be held virtually via Zoom. We will send you the meeting link the afternoon of our meeting. Register now here.

This book can be found digitally through Overdrive/Libby, or or you can pick up a physical copy at the Children's Desk.

For more information or help accessing the book, please email hijuv@ocln.org please email hijuv@ocln.org or call the Children's Department at 781-741-1405 ext. 1403.

About the Book

Riley Flynn is alone. 

It feels like she’s been on her own since sixth grade, when her best friend, Emily, ditched her for the cool girls. Girls who don’t like Riley. Girls who decide one day to lock her in the science closet after hours, after everyone else has gone home.

When Riley is finally able to escape, however, she finds that her horror story is only just beginning. All the school doors are locked, the windows won’t budge, the phones are dead, and the lights aren't working. Through halls lit only by the narrow beam of her flashlight, Riley roams the building, seeking a way out, an answer, an explanation. And as she does, she starts to suspect she isn’t alone after all. 

While she’s always liked a good scary story, Riley knows there is no such thing as ghosts. But what else could explain the things happening in the school, the haunting force that seems to lurk in every shadow, around every corner? As she tries to find answers, she starts reliving moments that brought her to this night. Moments from her own life...and a life that is not her own.

Rileys Ghost book cover