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Subject: Mother-Daughter Book Club (age 11)
Date Posted: 9/12/2009 8:47 AM ET
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My 11-year old daughter does not enjoy reading, while I am nearly obsessed with it.  To try to stimulate her interest, we are creating a mother-daughter book club.  The group we've invited to join us includes some girls who love to read and a couple who are less enthusiastic.  I would love to have suggestions of books for us to consider reading.  So far, my daughter has enjoyed reading The Warriors series, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DeCamilo, and Rules by Cynthia Lord. 

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 12:09 PM ET
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I was in one with my mom at that age,  everybody, moms and daughters alike, agreed that our faves were A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Catherine, Called Birdy.  But honestly, we had just as much fun reading the crappy ones to (usually the ones that were on 'recommended reading lists' because we got to laugh about them.  The thing that made our group a real success was that each girl got to take turns picking a book.  We ended up reading some unusual stuff, but it always kept things interesting.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 3:54 PM ET
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My 11 yr old enjoys The Gilda Joyce series by Jennifer Allison.  There are 4 books in the series.  The first one is Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator (Gilda Joyce #1).

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 4:24 PM ET
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I read Lloyd Alexander's Prydain books with my mother when I was around that age and loved them.   And Watership Down, probably my all time favorite.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 9:36 PM ET
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have you seen this website? http://www.motherdaughterbookclub.com/home.html

Subject: mother daughter book club
Date Posted: 9/15/2009 7:09 AM ET
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Wow, what a great idea, I wish I had thought of it when my girls were growing up.  Fortunately they LOVE reading as much as I do so they are now recommending titles to me.

When they were preteens they loved the Wrinkle In Time series by Madeliene L'Engle and we all shared the Harry Potter books and fought over who got to read them first.  My younger daughter also like the Princess Diary series at that age and they are pretty easy reading for those who don't really like to read.

Have fun!

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Date Posted: 9/17/2009 2:35 AM ET
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One I loved and was also a favorite of my Mothers was "Where The Red Fern Grows"  by Wilson Rawls I believe.

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 9:43 AM ET
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My daughter (11) and recently read together:

100 Cupboards and Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson. It's about a 12 yr old boy named Henry who is sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle in Henry Kansas. In their attic, he and his cousin Henrietta find 99 cupboards (there's another one in the house somewhere) that lead to other worlds.

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. These were written the 60's and are kind of similar to the Lord of the Rings. But much shorter and easier to follow.  There's 5 books. Disney made The Black Cauldron based on the 2nd book.  We really enjoyed these.

We are now reading Eragon together.

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 11:03 AM ET
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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine - I thought the book was darling.The Two Princesses of Bamarre (same author) looks like a good book too.

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Date Posted: 9/17/2009 12:51 PM ET
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How about the Mother Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick? It's a cute book. The 3rd book in the series just came out. 

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Date Posted: 9/17/2009 1:06 PM ET
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Does anyone know if there are any clubs in the Austin, TExas area for moms and daughters?  Or I guess I could do my own with my DD...except she reads books she needs for her AR in school...

Date Posted: 9/17/2009 1:15 PM ET
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You've received some good suggestions.

Here are a few more ideas. I coach Battle of the Books teams in this age range and following are books that seemed to generate a lot of discussion and be well liked by most of the students:

 The Secret School - Avi

 A Year Down Yonder - Richard Peck

 The Misadventures of Maude March - Couloumbis

 Lunch Money - Clements

 Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan

 Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

 The Watson’s Go To Birmingham 1963 – Paul Curtis


Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse

Letters from Rifka  – Karen Hesse

 The Tale of Desperaux – Kate DiCamillo

 The Hundred Dresses – Estes

 In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson – Bette Bao Lord

 The View from Saturday – Konigsburg

 The Kite Fighters – Park

 Snow Treasure – McSwigan

 Journey to Ellis Island – Bierman

 Immigrant Kids – Freedman

 Rodzina - Karen Cushman

 Princess Academy - Shannon Hale

 Just Ella - Haddix

 Listening for Lions – Gloria Whelan

 Once on This Island - Gloria Whelan

 The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin

  Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 - Elisa Carbone

 The Sacrifice – Duble


Some of my DD's fav authors are Gloria Whelan, Karen Hesse, Karen Cushman, and Avi.


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Date Posted: 9/30/2009 7:13 AM ET
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Good Luck!! with your mother daughter book club. My youngest daughter and I were in one from the time she was in the 3rd grade till 7th grade when everyone's lives got too busy. Sheila's list above contains several of the books we read. One of our members had a book called 100 books for Girls to Grow On & we frequently referred to that for suggestions. Our main goal was to read books that had strong female main characters.  Our grand finale was To Kill a Mockingbird & we had a party and watched the movie after discussing the book.  We met once a month on a Sunday afternoon for discussion and dessert.  Our organizer decided that it would be nice to have the daughters be in charge of making sure their moms were served and that made a nice touch.  This is a great activity for moms & daughters - my daughter is now a sophomore in college & I remember those afternoons fondly.  Once we even visited the Black Friars Theatre in Staunton to see a play with the group.  There are tons of ways to extend this...

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 2:46 PM ET
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I would like to add Flora Segunda by Yseabeau Wilce.  Great book, well written, fantasy but also deals with lifes issues. its a tween book. It is a good book to talk about what she wants to do with her life vs what you wish her to do :) Plus how our own actions can seem selfish and dangerous to others.

There is a second one in the series that I have not read yet.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 7:09 PM ET
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I found this at http://us.macmillan.com/Tour.aspx?id=423  Chances are the book club will be meeting before Dec 10th... phone number attached.. does not state if it is the library or the founder of the book club

Austin, TX  

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 6:00 Mother/Daughter Book Club Milwood Branch Library 12500 Amherst Drive Austin, TX 78727 512-974-9880
Mother/Daughter Book Club Milwood Branch Library
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 7:10 PM ET
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Old info.. does not indicate if still meeting


Mother Daughter Book Club @ Twin Oaks Branch

The Austin Public Library invites mothers and daughters ages 9 to 12 to the Twin Oaks Branch, 2301 S. Congress #7, for this special book club. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. for fun, informal book discussions, and socializing. 

Date Posted: 10/14/2009 5:28 PM ET
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My daughter and I were in a Mother-Daughter book group from 3rd to 12th grade.  I'm not sure who got more out of it!  Books I remember the girls enjoying at that age


Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer

Bat 6 by Virginia Euwer Wolf

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry