Middle Grade Summer Book Club

Join Hartfield Book Co. and Allerton Public Library for Summer Book Club!

We'll meet every Thursday afternoon at 4:00 at Allerton Public Library to discuss some awesome middle grade stories (one chapter book and two graphic novels). Come every week, or pick and choose the weeks you're most interested in.

There is no cost to participate, but space is limited, so please register in advance. SIGN UP HERE.

July 15 and 22: Roll With It (Find it at Hartfield | Find it at the Library)

Ellie’s a girl who tells it like it is. That surprises some people, who see a kid in a wheelchair and think she’s going to be all sunshine and cuddles. The thing is, Ellie has big dreams: one day she’s going to be a professional baker. But when Ellie and her mom move so they can help take care of her ailing grandpa, Ellie has to start all over again in a new town at a new school. It all feels like one challenge too many, until Ellie starts to make her first-ever friends. Now she just has to convince her mom that this town might just be the best thing that ever happened to them!

July 29: Be Prepared (Find it at Hartfield | Find it at the Library)

In this graphic novel, all Vera wants to do is fit in — but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there's one summer camp in her price range... and it's far from what Vera imagined. If you love Raina Telgemeier, you'll love Be Prepared!

August 5: When Stars Are Scattered (Find it at Hartfield | Find it at the Library)

A National Book Award Finalist, this remarkable graphic novel is about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a former Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. When Omar has the opportunity to go to school, it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving the only family member he has left.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
4000 Green Apple Lane
Monticello, IL 61856