Sadly I am not going to be at Girl Zone Book Club tonight but the ridiculous and wonderful Jackie Child AKA #bestteachingpartnerever will be there in my place. I hired Jackie because I thought we were two peas in a pod, pretty much the same person. Turns out we are nothing alike but we complement each other perfectly in the workplace and I cannot imagine a better working relationship. Still, I don’t know how I misjudged her so badly: she likes to run, jump, skip and sweat/I like to sit and can think of nothing worse than sweating; she wouldn’t have a clue how to cook a meal/I think about cooking and baking around the clock; she is a former rally car driver who likes fast, beautiful cars/I couldn’t care less if I was still driving my first car ever, the good old Datsun 180B; she talks really fast and loud/I carefully consider each word I say (okay…that’s not true at all, I could talk her underwater).
Tonight book club are discussing ‘Henry Hoey Hobson’ by the wonderful Christine Bongers, a personal fav of mine. My husband AKA #backboy also really enjoyed this book when he read it years ago now as he could identify with the Catholic primary school setting and being one of the only boys left there!
Next up, members are reading a 2016 CBCA shortlisted book, ‘Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars’…one of the most gloriously gorgeous books I’ve read in the last year. Many of the girls in our Book Club adored Martine Murray’s, ‘The Slightly True Story of Cedar B Hartley’ and I’m pretty sure they are going to love this one as much. It’s utterly perfect for readers from 8 to 80 (my 80 something year old nan currently has my copy!) and is just one of those books that you can totally immerse yourself in and enjoy. Book trailer is below.
Molly’s mother is not like other mothers: she rides a yellow bike and collects herbs and makes potions, perhaps even magical potions. Molly wants to be normal, like her friend Ellen, and watch television and eat food that comes in packets.
When Molly’s mama makes a potion that has a wild and shocking effect, Molly has to look for a way to make things right, and Molly discovers the magic and value of her own unusual life.
‘Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars’ is a delightful story about friendship and acceptance and learning to see the wonder in the world.
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