And the winner is…

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library!

Congratulations to author Chris Grabenstein, and thanks to all the OPLbery Club members for all your reading this year!

In addition to the OPLbery Medal, the kids awarded Honors to two books: Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff, and Magic Marks the Spot, by Caroline Carlson.

January 11, 2014 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

Our OPLbery finalists are…

Cover Art for The boy on the porch  Cover Art for The bully book  Cover Art for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library  Cover Art for Magic marks the spot  Cover Art for Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin  Cover Art for The wig in the window

Our voting will be on January 10 (snow date January 17). Check back to see which book will win the OPLbery medal this year.

December 16, 2013 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Our New Short List

The OPLbery Club has only two more months before our big vote! Our club members met on Friday, November 15, and these are the nine books that are still on the list:

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia Rump by Liesl Shurtliff The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

When we meet again in December, three books will be eliminated and we will have our final list. Voting for the OPLbery Medal will take place at our January 10 meeting.

November 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

What the OPLbery kids are reading

The OPLbery Club met on Friday, October 18, and had a very lively discussion of the books on the OPLbery list. We started the  meeting with 20  books on the list and ended with 13. Our goal is to get the number down to 6 by December, and everyone will need to read those 6 books. Here is what is currently still on our reading list:

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale Doll Bones by Holly Black Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia The Real Boy by Anne Ursu Rump by Liesl Shurtliff The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher

October 21, 2013 at 11:25 am 2 comments

OPLbery Club Favorites So Far

The OPLbery Club has been meeting since April, and the club members have read a lot of books! At the September meeting on Friday, club members were able to narrow down the list of contenders to 16. Here’s what’s on the list.

Cover Art Image Bo at Ballard Creek  Cover Image THE BOY ON THE PORCH Cover Image The bully book  Cover Image Counting by 7s  Cover Image Doll bones  Cover Image Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library  Cover Image Hold fast  Cover Image Magic marks the spot  Cover Image The mouse with the question mark tail  Cover Image Navigating Early  Cover Image P.S. Be eleven  Cover Image Rump : the true story of Rumpelstiltskin  Cover Image Salt / A Story of Friendship in a Time of War Cover Image Sylo  Cover Image The true blue scouts of Sugarman Swamp  Cover Image The Water Castle  Cover Image What we found in the sofa (and how it saved the world)  Cover Image The wig in the window  Cover Image

September 23, 2013 at 11:22 am 2 comments

What we’ve been reading

The OPLbery Club will have its fourth meeting of the year this Friday. Want to know what we’ve been reading? Here are some of the books and some reviews:

The Bully Book, by Eric Kahn Gale
Theo gives this book 5 stars in all categories, while Eric’s review is more mixed. His lowest rating was for the book’s pacing.

Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Emila liked the book and gave it 5 stars in most categories.

Destiny Rewritten, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Brandon liked this book. He gave it mostly 4 or 5 stars.

Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett
Elena liked it a lot. She thought it all tied together, felt like she knew the characters, and enjoyed the pacing and language. Janessa read it, too.  She also liked the book and gave it mostly 4 stars.

P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia
Both Idalio and an unsigned reader reviewed this book. Both liked it a lot, giving it 4 or 5 stars in almost every category.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff
Both Brian and Brandon enjoyed this one.

There are a lot of other books being read as well. We’ll post more information as the reviews come in and the discussions continue.

July 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

A new year, a new OPLbery!

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:

Cover Art for Destiny, rewritten  Cover Art for Hold fast   Cover Art for Navigating Early   Cover Art for A tangle of knots

If you are interested in joining, talk to one of our Children’s Librarians.

April 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

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