Our first 2014 OPLbery Shortlist

The OPLbery Club met on Friday, October 24, and we discussed a lot of books! We’ve come up with our first shortlist. Here is what is still in the running for the OPLbery Medal:

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October 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

What We Read This Month

The OPLbery Club met yesterday, July 11, and we talked about a lot of books.

Here are some comments about our books:

Nuts To You
“Funny, good story, fast-moving.” (Arjun)
“I really liked it. It’s a story about friendship.” (Andy)

Secret Box
“The pace was perfect. Everything connected and it didn’t leave you hanging.” (Janessa)

Absolutely Almost
“It was well written and had a good pace.” (Ralph)
“The story line was good and it was original.” (Faith)

Unstoppable Octobia May
“It had a good plot and different perspectives.” (Tanmay)

Check back with us next month to see what else we’ve been reading.


July 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

News from the OPLbery Club

With our second meeting under our belt, it is clear that we’ve got lots of great books to read this year, and lots of club members are already digging in. Take a look at our current list of OPLbery contenders.

Some of the books our members like are:

Half a Chance

Andy, Eric and Tanmay all read this book:
“I really liked it . It’s OPLbery worthy.”
“It’s about friendship. I really liked the characters.”


Secret Box

This was also popular. Faith and Arjun agreed:
“It’s the best mystery I’ve ever read!”
“I loved it. It’s not predictable.”


Zane and the Hurricane

Both Idalio and Eric liked this book:
“It’s well-paced, a huge journey to safety, with unique twists and turns,” said Eric.

Our next OPLbery Club meeting is July 11.


June 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

A New Year, a New OPLbery

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The OPLbery Club has begun meeting again recently. This is the beginning of our 5th year! We’ve got lots of great books on our new list. You can see them here.

We had some new faces among the familiar ones at our meeting in May. Everyone enjoyed talking about what they’d read. Here are a few comments:

Catalina: “Nightingale’s Nest was a page-turner. I loved the characters.”

Faith: “Time of the Fireflies was suspenseful and OPLbery-worthy.”

Ralph: “I liked the characters in Three Bird Summer. They were very real, and the descriptions were good.”

Both Tanmay and Jean thought The Secret Box was “OPLbery-worthy.”

We’ve got lots of new books on our OPLbery book cart. We’re looking forward to a very exciting year.

June 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

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…

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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

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