OPLbery Short List #2

The OPLbery Club met on Friday, October 20, and has narrowed down the choices for most outstanding book of the year by just a little. Next month, we will have our final short list.

But as of now, these are the books that are left:

Chasing Secrets Circus Mirandus The Detective's Assistant:  Echo:  If You Find This:

Ms. Rapscott's Girls:  Paper Things:  The Penderwicks in Spring:  Serafina and the Black Cloak The War That Saved My Life:

Which is your favorite?

October 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

OPLbery Short List #1

We’ve only got a few more meeting before we have to choose our list of finalists, and our OPLbery Club members had a very boisterous debate about which books should stay on our list. We’ve got the count down to 16.

How many of these have you read?

Chasing Secrets: Circus Mirandus: Fuzzy Mud: The Detective's Assistant: Echo: Catch You Later, Traitor: A Handful of Stars: If You Find This: Ms. Rapscott's Girls: Nooks & Crannies: Paper Things: The Penderwicks in Spring: Serafina and the Black Cloak: The Trap: The War That Saved My Life: Watch the Sky:

September 22, 2015 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

What we’ve read so far

The Thing About JellyfishThe Detective's AssistantGoodbye StrangerA Handful of StarsMs. Rapscott's GirlsPieces and PlayersLost in the SunThe Great Good SummerGone Crazy in AlabamaEchoThe Penderwicks in SpringCatch You Later, TraitorGenuine SweetNooks & CranniesPaper ThingsThe Chosen PrinceStella By StarlightThe War That Saved My LifeThe Book That Proves Time Travel HappensCrenshaw

This year’s OPLbery Club has been full of great books and lots of new club members. Everyone has been very enthusiastically reading so many books that it’s hard to keep up.

Here are a few of the books our club members have been reading:

Tanmay, Mary, and Rose all really liked Echo. Tanmay liked the pace and they all like the way the different stories come together in the end.

A lot of the club members read The Thing About Jellyfish. Semou, Mary, Bailey and Rose all really liked it. There was some discussion about whether the ending was satisfying or not.

The War That Saved My Life was another well-liked book. Catalina and Ruby both loved it.

Tristan read and enjoyed The Penderwicks in Spring. He has not read the other Penderwick books and didn’t feel he was missing any parts f the story.

Mage recommended The Book that Proves Time Travel Happens.

Emilia thought The Detective’s Assistant was both funny and edge-of-your-seat exciting.

Allie liked Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, and Janessa liked Gone Crazy in Alabama.

All our our OPLbery books, and lots of other book lists, can be found on our Pinterest page. Click here to see the OPLbery books.

June 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

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

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