Children's Upcoming Book Groups

For 2nd & 3rd Grade:

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm

Wednesday, August 10 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 for contactless pickup. For more information, or help accessing the book, please email hijuv@ocln.org.

For more information, please email hijuv@ocln.org or call 781-804-2614 and leave a message.

About the Book

Bell has spent his whole life - all eleven years of it - on Mars. But he's still just a regular kid - he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don't have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It's up to Bell - a regular kid in a very different world - to uncover the truth and save his family ... and possibly unite an entire planet.

Mars may be a world far, far away, but in the hands of Jennifer L. Holm, beloved and bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, it can't help but feel like home.

The Lion of Mars Book cover

For 4th & 5th Grade:

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer

Tuesday, July 20 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 place a physical book on hold for contactless pickup For more information or help accessing the book, please email hijuv@ocln.org.

For more information, please email hijuv@ocln.org or call 781-804-2614 and leave a message. 

About the Book

Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.

When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters.

But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?

To Night Owl from Dogfish book cover