Kids Book Club

A new book each month!

Nov 2019

Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is

This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up keeping them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after…until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children change…and then change the world.

This is Claude. He’s five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude’s secret. Until one day it explodes.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it’s about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don’t get to keep them forever.

Next meeting Saturday, Dec 14th @ 7:00p.m. in Los Gatos


Past Books

  • August: Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • September: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
  • October: A Million Junes by Emily Henry
  • November: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • December: Tell Me by Joan Bauer
  • January: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • April: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • May: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
  • June: Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick
  • July:
  • August: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Sept/Oct: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • November: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur