Congratulations to OPLbery Medal winners!

The OPLbery Club voted on Friday, January 16 to give the OPLbery Medal to When Audrey Met Alice, by Rebecca Behrens. They also awarded an OPLbery Honor to Greenglass House, by Kate Milford. There were a lot of great books published in 2014, and it was hard for the OPLbery Club members to choose which were the most distinguished. Medal winner When Audrey Met Alice was the story of a first daughter and how she deals with living in the White House. When Audrey finds a diary written by Alice Roosevelt (the daughter of President Teddy Roosevelt), she identifies with her and uses her behavior as a model for her own. The club members really enjoyed the mix of modern day and historical fiction. Greenglass House Our club members also enjoyed Greenglass House with its mix of fantasy and real life and the twist at the end of the book. Several rounds of voting took place before the OPLbery Club settled on these winners.

January 20, 2015 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

OPLbery finalists!

Here it is–the final list for our OPLbery Club. We will be meeting on January 16 for a discussion and to vote on the best book of the year!

Greenglass House, by Kate Milford                    

Half a World Away, by Cynthia Kadohata

Revolution, by Deborah Wiles

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, by Julie T. Lamana

When Audrey Met Alice, by Rebecca Behrens

The Witch’s Boy, by Kelly Barnhill

December 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

OPLbery’s November Short List

More books were voted off our list during the November meeting of the OPLbery Club. These are the books that are still on the OPLbery list:

Ralph: “The characters are well developed and the plot is great.”

Janessa: “I never read anything like it!”

Tanmay: “Definitely OPLbery-worthy!”

Eric: “It was very good.”

Jean: “I couldn’t stop reading it!”

Arjun: “It has a good plot, storyline, pace, and characters.”

Faith: “It is definitely original and a good adventure.”

Jean: “Yes! This book was great!”

November 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

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:

Cover for Nightingale's Nest

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

Cover for Nightingale's Nest 

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

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