book discussion groups

To join the online book discussion, you need to get approval from Cathy, the teen librarian. 
Email me at for the password.

August Titles

posted Jul 19, 2012, 10:58 AM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Jul 19, 2012, 10:59 AM ]

12-15 years
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar--a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey--she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl--it was she. How could it possibly be true?

Janie can't believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, but as she begins to piece things together, nothing makes sense. Something is terribly wrong. Are Mr. and Mrs. Johnson really Janie's parents? And if not, who is Janie Johnson, and what really happened?

16-18 years
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
A gripping, thought-provoking story about life after a nuclear holocaust, by a Newbery Medalist.
Ann Burden is sixteen years old and completely alone. The world as she once knew it is gone, ravaged by a nuclear war that has taken everyone from her. For the past year, she has lived in a remote valley with no evidence of any other survivors. 

But the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann's solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley. Who is this man? What does he want? Can he be trusted? Both excited and terrified, Ann soon realizes there may be worse things than being the last person on Earth.

July's titles

posted Jun 19, 2012, 11:44 AM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Jun 19, 2012, 11:45 AM ]

Ages 12 – 15 years 
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford "not" to?

Ages 16 – 18 years 
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse enclosed by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them, open. Every night they are closed tight. And that every 30 days a new boy is delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. Only the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets that are buried within his mind.

I'm hoping that this will work for everyone!

posted Jun 19, 2012, 11:37 AM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Jun 20, 2012, 11:56 AM ]

Each month, rather than having one designated meeting time, we will post questions throughout the month that we  have about the books so that we can discuss throughout the whole month. We will have two discussion groups, one for 12-15 year olds and one for 16-18 year olds. The books can be picked up at the checkout desk.

You can email me at to get invited to the book discussion group.

June's Book Discussion: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

posted May 25, 2012, 9:16 AM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated May 25, 2012, 9:17 AM ]

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

We will be "meeting" on June 13 from 3 - 4 pm. Check here to get to our discussion board.

First timers please email your teen librarian at for more information on how to use the discussion board!

May's Book Discussion: Rapunzel's Revenge

posted Apr 13, 2012, 11:50 AM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Jun 19, 2012, 11:37 AM ]

We'll discuss Rapunzel's Revenge May 9th from 3-4pm.

Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman she thought was her mother.
Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall… a rather enormous garden wall.
And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.
Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and bringing joy to every soul they encounter.

Read more on Goodreads.

Come to the circulation desk and pick the book up NOW!

April Book Discussion: Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

posted Apr 13, 2012, 11:40 AM by Cathy Kyle   [ updated Jun 19, 2012, 11:38 AM ]

April's discussion will be on: April 11 from 3-4pm

Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother's abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.

Here's more information on Goodreads.

Come to the circulation desk and pick up the book! Any questions, just ask!

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