QOTD #3: Extraordinary

As Pansy continues to work toward being extraordinary – and putting a lot of focus on rollerblading and skating, the reading contest, and Girl Scouts – her relationships seem to be changing. Describe the changing relationship between Pansy and Andy, and Pansy’s growing friendship with Madison.

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Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Check out this week’s new book club title, Extraordinary by Miriam Spitzer Franklin.

The book can be downloaded as an ebook from Hoopla:


Last spring, Pansy chickened out on going to spring break camp, even though she’d promised her best friend, Anna, she’d go. It was just like when they went to get their hair cut for Locks of Love; only one of them walked out with a new hairstyle, and it wasn’t Pansy. But Pansy never got the chance to make it up to Anna. While at camp, Anna contracted meningitis and a dangerously high fever, and she hasn’t been the same since. Now all Pansy wants is her best friend back-not the silent girl in the wheelchair who has to go to a special school and who can’t do all the things Pansy used to chicken out of doing. So when Pansy discovers that Anna is getting a surgery that might cure her, Pansy realizes this is her chance-she’ll become the friend she always should have been. She’ll become the best friend Anna’s ever had-even if it means taking risks, trying new things (like those scary roller skates), and running herself ragged in the process.

Pansy’s chasing extraordinary, hoping she reaches it in time for her friend’s triumphant return. But what lies at the end of Pansy’s journey might not be exactly what she had expected-or wanted.

Check out the blog on Monday for the first question!

Chronal Engine by Greg Leitich Smith

New month, new book! Check out this month’s first book club title, Chronal Engine by Greg Leitich Smith!

The book can be downloaded as an ebook from Hoopla:


When Max, Emma, and Kyle are sent to live with their reclusive grandfather for the summer, they’re dismayed to learn he thinks there’s a time machine in the basement.

But when Grandpa Pierson predicts the exact time of his own heart attack, and when Emma is kidnapped by what can only be a time traveler, they realize he was telling the truth about the Chronal Engine. And if they want their sister back, they’ll have to do it themselves.

So Max and Kyle, together with their new friend Petra, pack up their grandpa’s VW and follow Emma and the kidnapper back in time, to Late Cretaceous Texas, where the sauropods and tyrannosaurs roam. Can the trio find Emma and survive the hazards of the Age of Dinosaurs, or are they, too, destined to become part of the fossil record?

Check out the blog on Monday for the first book club question!