Living in the remote town of Tierra del Sol is dangerous, especially in the criatura months, when powerful spirits roam the desert and threaten humankind. But Cecelia Rios has always believed there was more to the criaturas, much to her family’s disapproval. Only brujas consort with the spirits, and brujeria is a terrible crime. When her older sister, Juana, is kidnapped by a powerful criatura, Cece is determined to bring her back. To save her sister, Cece will have to become a bruja herself. With a legendary criatura with a soft spot for humans at her side, Cece sets out to reunite her family—and maybe even change what it means to be a bruja along the way.
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls is the September 2021 book club pick! Registration opens Wednesday, August 25, and the club will meet on Thursday, September 30, at 4:00 PM on Zoom. The first 20 registrants will receive a free copy of the book, plus materials to complete the at-home activities! Missed the registration? Click on the book cover to place a hold on the book for pickup, and use the buttons below to download and print the reading & activity guide!
Eleven-year-old Thom Ngho is keeping a secret: she's strong. Like suuuuper strong. Freakishly strong. And it's making it impossible for her to fit in at her new middle school. In a desperate bid to get rid of her super strength, Thom makes a deal with the Monkey King, a powerful deity and legendary trickster she accidentally released from his 500-year prison sentence. Thom agrees to help the Monkey King get back his magical staff if he'll take away her strength. Soon Thom is swept up in an ancient and fantastical world in where demons, dragons, and Jade princesses actually exist. But she quickly discovers that magic can't cure everything, and dealing with the trickster god might be more trouble than it's worth.
Girl Giant and the Monkey King is the February-March 2021 book club pick! Registration closed on February 11, but not to worry - you can download the reader guide and check out your own copy of the book from the library using this page. Click on the book cover to place a hold on the book in the library's catalog, and use the button below to download and print the reading & activity guide to use at home!
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
Holes was the June-July 2020 book club pick! Did you miss it? No worries - you can download the reader guide, meeting slides, and check out your own copy of the book from the library using this page. Click on the book cover to place a hold on the book in the library's catalog, and use the button below to download and print the reading & activity guide to use at home!