The OPLbery Club will begin again this week. This will be the start of our fourth annual OPLbery Club! We’ve got both new and returning members signed up. We’ve started collecting books for our members to read, and we’re really excited about the year ahead.
Here’s a sneak peak at a few of our new books:
If you are interested in joining, talk to one of our Children’s Librarians.
Ossining Public Library’s OPLbery Club awarded the third annual OPLbery Medal today to Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. OPLbery Honors were awarded to The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, and Bliss, by Kathryn Littlewood.
The OPLbery Club has been reading books all year. We started in March and have met monthly. Wey’ve finally narrowed down our choices for the best of 2012. Next month, we vote on the best book of the year. For now, you have to settle for the top 3:
The OPLbery Club met this afternoon, and we have narrowed down our short list to eight books:
A boy, a dog, and an old man are lonely before the boy plans a rally, the dog looks for a boy, and all the townspeople run to the old man’s aid when lightning strikes his home and something miraculous happens.
Little Dog Lost is about a dog named Buddy who had her owner move to the city and he couldn’t take Buddy with him. After he leaves, Buddy runs away and stays hidden from people. In the town Buddy ran away to, a boy named Mark says he needs a dog because he doesn’t have much family. This is a great book. It is a great book because it has a good ending and you can read it quickly.
Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
I liked Liar and Spy because it was realistic and that made the book easy to read. In the book Georges (the “s” is silent) lives in an apartment in Brooklyn, and his parents both have jobs, which leaves him alone most of the day. This book is distinguished from other books because I have never read a spy book that ended up just like this one did. The only thing I disliked was that it left you hanging on two or three things I felt like I needed to know.
I am disappointed in Rebecca Stead. Her latest concoction is a rather short, flat little book. The main character didn’t have a voice, meaning the story could be unclear at times.
This book was supposed to be humorous. I found it almost completely devoid of any good humor. The “jokes” were meaningless little comments, in my opinion. Also, the characters didn’t seem realistic. Or cute. Or clever. They acted differently than normal kids would. I mean, please! A boy named Pigeon? A girl who went everywhere in pig slippers? The plot was boring and bone-dry. The twists didn’t twist me, and the surprises were lacking in imagination. This book doesn’t strike me as distinguished. It seems ordinary, and unimaginative.
Yesterday, the OPLbery club met and and had a very lively discussion of the books everyone had read. But as we get closer to our voting day in January, we need to shorten our list. After going through all the comments and opinions on all the books on the list since April, we’ve come up with this list.
So here it is, the first OPLbery Medal Short List, 2012