Mad About Books - Middle Grade Book Club
We'll be discussing Open if You Dare by Dana Middleton.
Like Birdie Adams didn’t have enough problems this summer. But Birdie’s Birdie. And if a long-buried box has "Open if you dare" written on its lid, then Birdie and her best friends, Ally and Rose, are going to open it.
And now, along with everything else that’s going on—Ally’s pitching slump, Rose’s banishment to Britain, and Birdie’s annoying younger sister being, you know, annoying—the best friends are caught up in solving a mystery planted by a dead girl forty years ago.
You've asked and we've heard you! Hicklebee's has launched a book club for readers between the ages of 9 and 12, led by kidlit aficionados Kathy Ellen Davis and Suzi Hough. If you are a middle grader and MAD ABOUT BOOKS, joins us on the second Monday of each month to discuss our featured book and anything else we've read that we loved. MAB members will receive a 20% discount on titles chosen for discussion and occasional sneak peeks at upcoming titles.
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"Middleton displays the depths of preteen female friendships in the girls’ dialogue and in Birdie’s uncertainty about who she will be without her two best friends. Letting go of others and finding your individuality is a familiar theme, but it is freshly imagined here. Birdie, whose mother is white and father is black, lives in a distinctly contemporary world. She is aware that to some, her biracial identity represents a progressive future. But she is also aware of the subtle prejudices she has to deal with that her white friends do not. Such issues are not the focus of the story but are realistically woven into Birdie’s daily life. In the end, the girls discover that the central mystery is not as nefarious as it seems. By solving the case, Birdie gains the courage to carry on without Ally and Rose always by her side. A bittersweet, empowering ode to growing up and embracing change."--Horn Book