Welcome to Bookworms Book Club!
Belmont Bookworms, our children’s book club, meets one Saturday each month from September – June at 12:00 noon in a cozy spot in our 2nd floor children’s section. We read and discuss middle-grade (ages 8 – 12) fiction and graphic novels. Sometimes we do a fun craft activity related to the book, and end with pizza or a snack. All are welcome—no preregistration required. Sarah Marie Jette, a local children’s book author and 4th-grade teacher, facilitates the book club.
Previous Months' Selections:
YOU are the world's first Spy Princess, Noor Inayat Khan. Although you grew up in luxury with all of the best that your American mother and Sufi father could offer, you had dreams of becoming a children's author and helping people all over the world who you met in your global travels. World War II changed your life, but also showed the world you were one of the bravest women who ever lived.
Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan weaves an entrancing tale of courage and self-discovery.
"Uniquely magical...Timely and timeless." -- New York Times
* "This tightly packed, powerful fantasy contains resonant truths." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Another unforgettable work from a master storyteller." -- Booklist, starred review$8.99ISBN: 9780425290422Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Puffin Books - July 17th, 2018
A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book
The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.$6.99ISBN: 9781338268829Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 30th, 2019"An unforgettable historical, high-octane adventure." -- Dav Pilkey, author-illustrator of the Dog Man series$12.99ISBN: 9781250314109Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks - May 14th, 2019
A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks! Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang!
A Parents Magazine Best Kids Book of the Year!
A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year!
An NPR Best Book of the Year!$12.99ISBN: 9780545852500Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Graphix - September 17th, 2019A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!$7.99ISBN: 9781338157826Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature!
* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.
$12.99ISBN: 9781368022804Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah.$6.99ISBN: 9780064472043Availability: Available from WarehousePublished: HarperCollins - April 23rd, 2019
Américas Award Winner
“An achingly beautiful story.”—Kirkus (starred review) “Eloquent.”—Booklist (starred review) “Lovely and lyrical.”—School Library Journal$8.99ISBN: 9781419734793Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Amulet Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019Along the train lines north of New York City, 12-year-old neighbors Myla and Peter search for the link between Myla’s necklace and the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. Thrown into a world of parkour, graffiti, and diamond smuggling, Myla and Peter encounter a band of thugs who are after the same thing as Randall.$12.99ISBN: 9780062691194Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019
Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature!$7.99ISBN: 9780060760908Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011
In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer reading—take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home.$14.95ISBN: 9781944762414Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Islandport Press - May 15th, 2018
Isabelle is fascinated by wind. And this year, she's determined to win the middle school science fair with her wind machine. She's just as determined to have her brother, Julian, who suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and is confined to a wheelchair, serve as her assistant. But after Julian has a grand seizure, everything changes.$8.99ISBN: 9780399539145Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Puffin Books - September 11th, 2018
A girl's friendship with a lonely black hole leads her to face her own sadness in this original, funny, and touching middle grade novel for fans of Crenshaw and Flora & Ulysses.$9.99ISBN: 9781481470278Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 21st, 2018
A Parent’s Choice Award Gold Member Winner
A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this “memorable, fantastical tale” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee.
The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable