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Sausalito Public Library

Middle School Book Club: On hiatus, September 2019

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

 The Middle School Book Club is on hiatus for September 2019. Stay tuned for more information!



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The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Monday, August 12, 2019

In this realistic novel, Janie sees a childhood photo of herself as a “missing child” on a milk carton. If she’s “missing,” then what happened to her? What about the people who raised her? Are they her kidnappers?




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Dear Evan Hansen
by Val Emmich
Monday, June 10, 2019

Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend. The novel is based on the popular musical.


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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
May 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

“After a two-year absence due to an accident she can't remember, seventeen-year-old Cady Sinclair Eastman returns to the private island where the beautiful, entitled Sinclair clan spends its summers. Relationships  feel oddly strained, and no one will tell Cady what happened the summer of the accident. The pieces of her fragmented memory slowly come together to reveal a truth more devastating than Cady could have imagined.” Horn Book



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He Forgot to Say Goodbye
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Monday, April 8, 2019

Ramiro and Jake live very different lives but have much in common. Wealthy, white Jake lives on the "Oh-Wow West Side" of El Paso, and Mexican American Ram lives in the poor neighborhood, "Dizzy Land." Both boys wonder how different their lives might be if their dads had stuck around.




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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Monday, March 11, 2019

In a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
February 15, 2019

In this novel, Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.




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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Monday, January 14, 2019

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.



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The 57 Bus
by Dashka Slater
Monday, December 10, 2018
This non-fiction book tells the true story of an incident in Oakland when a black teenager set fire to the clothing of a white teenager who identified as neither male or female.



The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Monday, November 12, 2018

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.



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Lost in the Sun
by Lisa Graff
October 8, 2018

In this realistic fiction novel, Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on.




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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
 by Judy Blume
September 10, 2018

In this now classic novel, a twelve-year-old girl is faced with the difficulties of growing up, puberty, and choosing a religion. 




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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Monday, August 13, 2018

This classic novel follows the lives of four sisters growing up as the Civil War rages. Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy face the challenges and difficulties of life--and, sometimes, each other.




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The Dog, Ray
by Linda Coggin
Monday, June 11, 2018

Daisy, age twelve, has died in a car accident. Her soul is returned to earth as a dog: a dog who retains Daisy’s thoughts and pluck and is determined to get back home.




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Well, That Was Awkward
 by Rachel Vail
Monday, May 14, 2018

In this realistic novel, there are unexpected consequences when thirteen-year-old Gracie sends texts pretending to be her bashful best friend, Sienna, and their friend Emmett starts texting back pretending to be shy A.J.


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Moon Over Manifest by Clare Venderpool

Monday, April 9, 2018

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas. While in Manifest, Abilene hopes to find out more about her father’s past.




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Serafina and the Black Cloak 
by Paul Bratty
Monday, March 12, 2018

In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.




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Word Nerd by Susin Nielson-Fernulnd 
Monday, February 12, 2018

In this novel, Ambrose, a nerd, is being home schooled because of bullies and he finds a friend in the landlord's son, an ex-con named Cosmo who plays Scrabble, too. 




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Every Soul a Star
by Wendy Mass
Monday, January 8, 2018

Ally, Bree, and Jack meet at the one place the Great Eclipse can be seen in totality, each carrying the burden of different personal problems, which become dim when compared to the task they embark upon and the friendship they find.




Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Monday, December 11, 2017

In elementary school, best friends Bridge, Emily, and Tab made a pact: no fighting. But it's the start of seventh grade, and everything is changing.




Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai
Monday, November 13, 2017

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.




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The Romeo and Juliet Code
by Phoebe Stone
Monday, September 11, 2017

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.<



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Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
Monday, July 10, 2017

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.



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Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson
Monday, June 12, 2017

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.




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After Iris
by Natasha Farrant
Monday, May 8, 2017

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.



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Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
Monday, April 10, 2017

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.


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by Jerry Spinelli
Monday, March 13, 2017

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.





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The Humming Room
by Ellen Potter
Monday, February 13, 2017

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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by Ingrid Law
Monday, January 9, 2017

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.



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Savvy by Ingrid Law
Monday, December 12, 2016

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.



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The Night Tourist
by Katherine Marsh
Monday, November 14, 2016

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.



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Schooled by Gordon Korman
Monday, October 10, 2016

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.



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Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Monday, September 12, 2016

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."



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The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West
Monday, August 8, 2016

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.



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The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier
Monday, July 11, 2016

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.



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The Screaming Staircase
by Jonathan Stroud
Monday, June 13, 2016

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.



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Book Scavenger
by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and Scavenger Hunt!
Monday, May 9, 2016

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.



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The Cabinet of Earths
by Anne Nesbet

Monday, April 11, 2016

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.



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The Name of this Book is Secret
by Pseudonymous Bosch
Monday, March 14, 2016

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......



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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Monday, February 8, 2016

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.



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by Brandon Mull
Monday, January 11, 2016

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.




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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsberg
Monday, December 14, 2015

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!<



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Monday, November 9, 2015

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



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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Monday, October 12, 2015

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