Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

New week, new book! Check out the new book for Kid’s Read Club, Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris!

Who knew love could be so amazing-and stupefying? Not Christian. He was clueless when he started spying on the royal family through his telescope. He lives in a cave with a troll for a dad, after all. If his dad had only warned him about all that mind-boggling love stuff, maybe things wouldn’t be such a mess. But then, maybe, Princess Marigold would be dead. But Christian wasn’t warned. And now that he’s fallen for the princess, it’s up to him to untwist an odd love triangle-er, rectangle-and foil a scheming queen who wants to take over the kingdom, even if it means bumping off her own daughter.

Check the blog on Tuesday for the first question!

QOTD #1: The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane

Emmy is forced to leave her mother and attend boarding school and England, where she is then told she needs to join their Latin Society. After her first meeting, she decided she wanted to stick around because it would let her catch up on work. But she believes the teacher leading the Latin Society doesn’t want her around? Do you think that is true? What do we know so far about the Latin Society?

Leave your answer in the comments below!

The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel

Time for something a little different! Check out this week’s Kid’s Reading Club title, The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane by Julia Nobel!

The book can be downloaded as an ebook from Hoopla:


With a dad who disappeared years ago and a mother who’s a bit too busy to parent, Emmy is shipped off to Wellsworth, a prestigious boarding school in England, where she’s sure she won’t fit in.

But then she finds a box of mysterious medallions in the attic of her home—medallions that belonged to her father. Her father who may have gone to Wellsworth.

When she arrives at school, she finds the strange symbols from the medallions etched into walls and books, which leads Emmy and her new friends, Jack and Lola, to Wellsworth’s secret society: The Order of Black Hollow Lane. Emmy can’t help but think that the society had something to do with her dad’s disappearance, and that there may be more than just dark secrets in the halls of Wellsworth…

Check the blog on Tuesday for the first question!

Update on Kids Reading Club

Happy Monday everyone!

After receiving some feedback, we have decided to extend the deadline for book club books. Instead of reading a book a week, we will be reading the book for two weeks, and spreading the questions out over those two weeks.

Questions will be posted on the following schedule:

Week 1: Tuesday and Thursday mornings

Week 2: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

The next book club titles will be announced on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Happy reading!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Because Neil Gaiman was such a hit last time, let us read another of his stories! This week, we will be reading Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Download the book as an ebook from Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13096294

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Check back on Monday for the first question!