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Sausalito Public Library

5th-6th Grade Book Club

A list of upcoming adult programs is also available.  For more information about Sausalito Library programs please call (415) 289-4121.

If you're in 5th - 6th grade and love to read, come to the Sausalito Library's Book Club!

Read the book before the meeting, and join us for a lively discussion and snacks. We'll choose the next month's title at the end of each meeting.

Students who are planning to come to the discussion are welcome to a free copy of the book--to pick up a copy and for more information, please contact Erin Wilson, the Children's & YA Librarian, at (415) 289-4121, or



listen slowlyOctober 9
Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai
Monday, October 9, 4:20-5:30pm
Edgewater Room

Assisting her grandmother's investigation of her grandfather's fate during the Vietnam War, Mai struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar culture while redefining her sense of family.



romeoSeptember 11

The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone
Monday, September 11, 4:15-5:30pm
Edgewater Room

During World War II, eleven-year-old Felicity is sent from London to Bottlebay, Maine, to live with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and a reclusive boy who helps her decode mysterious letters that contain the truth about her missing parents.


catherine 684x1027Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
Monday, July 10, 4:15-5:15
Edgewater Room

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.


bixby 684x1032Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Monday, June 12, 4:15-5:15
Edgewater Room

Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.


iris 684x1053After Iris by Natasha Farrant
Monday, May 8, 4:15-5:15
Edgewater Room

Twelve-year-old Bluebell Gadsby's written and video diary chronicles life in a rowdy London family, and how Zoran, the new au pair, and Joss, the troublemaking boy next door, help to pull her out of her shell and cope with the loss of her twin three years before.


browngirl 684x1010Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Monday, April 10, 4:15-5:15
Edgewater Room

In this autobiography, Jaqueline Woodson's vivid poems tell the story of being an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. The poems also reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

stargirl500x717Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Monday, March 13, 4:15-5:15 NOTE THE NEW TIME
Edgewater Room

This month we’re reading Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

This is a story about quirky, eccentric Stargirl, the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity and how a single free spirit can change a school.


humming 684x1023The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
Monday, February 13, 3:45-4:45pm
Edgewater Room

This month we’re reading The Humming Room by Ellen Potter.

Twelve-year-old orphan Roo Fanshaw is sent to live with an uncle she never knew in a largely uninhabited mansion on Cough Rock Island and discovers a wild river boy, an invalid cousin, and the mysteries of a hidden garden. Inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett!


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Scumble by Ingrid Law
Monday, January 9, 3:45-4:45pm
Edgewater Room

This month we’re reading Scumble by Ingrid Law. Scumble is the sequel to Savvy.

Mibs's cousin Ledge is disappointed to discover that his "savvy"--the magical power unique to each member of their family--is to make things fall apart, which endangers his uncle Autry's ranch and reveals the family secret to future reporter Sarah.

savvy 318x409Savvy by Ingrid Law
Monday, December 12, 3:45-4:45pm
Edgewater Room

Mibs Beaumont is about to become a teenager. As if that weren’t scary enough, thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy strikes--and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, it promises to be outrageous... and positively thrilling.


nigt 250x372The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
Monday, November 14, 3:45-4:45pm
Edgewater Room

After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York's Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on.

Join us for discussion, snacks and a book-related activity. The Library provides a free copy of the book for anyone interested in attending the book club. For more information or a copy of the book, please contact Erin Wilson at or (415) 289-4121, or just come by the Library!

schooled 341x500Schooled by Gordon Korman
Monday, October 10, 3:45-4:45pm*

In this funny and fast-paced book, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has always been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother. He’s never had pizza, watched TV or even heard of a wedgie. When his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.


rooftoppers 684x1036Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
Monday, September 12, 3:45-4:45pm

When authorities threaten to take Sophie, twelve, from Charles who has been her guardian since she was found floating in the English Channel in an empty cello case, the pair goes to Paris to try to find Sophie's mother, and they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers."


elsewhere 684x1032THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE: The Shadows by Jacqueline West
Monday, August 8, 3:30pm

In this book, eleven-year-old Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, and Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry nine-year-old boy, and three talking cats.


 nightgardener 684x1009Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Monday, July 11, 3:30pm

Follows two abandoned children who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling mansion...soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and an ancient curse that threatens their lives.

Join us to discuss the book, have some snacks and do a creepy activity of our own. 


screaming 312x475Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
Monday, June 13, Edgewater Room

Ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout London, and only young people have the ability to find and capture these forces. Plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle joins Lockwood & Co, to battle against these dark forces. The book is suspenseful and surprisingly funny. Join us to discuss the book, have a snack, and track some ghosts and haunts of our own.

bookscavenger 684x1061Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and Scavenger Hunt!
Monday, May 9, Edgewater Room

Emily’s parents have a blog, 50 Homes in 50 States, which means she's moved a lot. Their newest home is in San Francisco—Emily didn’t want to move but quickly makes friends with James, a fellow puzzle-lover. Together they follow clues in an odd book, hoping to figure out its secrets before thieves solve the mystery and come after them.

This month we’ll also have a scavenger hunt (& snacks, of course)!

cabinet 684x1022Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
Monday, April 11, Edgewater Room

Thirteen-year-old Maya, in Paris with her family for a year, lands in the middle of the mysterious La Societé's quest for immortality when the magical Cabinet of Earths chooses her as its next Keeper, promising to restore her mother's health.


name 684x1003The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch.
Monday, March 14, Edgewater Room

This is the story of Cass and Max-Ernest, two friendless 11-year olds who find mysterious vials of liquid and an encoded message asking for help. Cass and Max-Ernest decide to investigate and the danger begins......


wrinkle 398x600A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Monday, February 8, Edgewater Room

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.


fablehaven 684x1019Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Monday, January 11, Edgewater Room

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents' estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.


mixedup files 684x1023From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsberg
Monday, December 14, Edgewater Room

When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere--to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escaped -- to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an art mystery!

marquess 500x500Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
Monday, November 9, Edgewater Room

Enola Holmes, much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, must travel to London in disguise to unravel the disappearance of her missing mother.

wishingspell 684x992The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Monday, October 12, Edgewater Room

Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.


All programs are free and paid for by the Friends of the Sausalito Library