Book Club: Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars

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Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or uncle will do. This Book Club is an opportunity to talk, laugh and learn through a shared love of reading.

This book club runs much like an adult book club and focus books chosen are ‘crossover’ novels, ones which both adults and adolescents can enjoy. The book club is for students who adore reading and for those who do not and perhaps need a little nudge in the right direction. This is not an extra class for students, this is for the pure joy of recreational reading and to encourage reading as a social activity.

Book Clubs help us to…

Connect with others through a shared love of literature

Discuss the big ideas and messages in literature

Personally connect with a story or character

Tonight I spoke about the titles below and we will be focusing on ‘Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars’ by Martine Murray and discussing it at our next meeting. Murray’s latest title ‘Marsh and Me’ is not a sequel, but is a companion novel in that the main character Joey is school friends with the main characters from ‘Molly and Pim’.

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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. But when Molly’s mother accidentally turns herself into a tree, Molly turns to the strange and wonderful Pim for help. And as they look for a way to rescue her mother, Molly discovers how to be happy with the oddness in her life.

Martine Murray’s middle-grade novel ‘Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars’ is a whimsical story about friendship and individuality and learning to see the freshness and wonder in the world.

‘Marsh and Me’ is not a sequel, but is a companion novel in that the main character Joey is school friends with the main characters from ‘Molly and Pim’.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ and in fact have gone on to read the other three titles in the series – when I find a good mystery series I get a little hooked. I allow  myself each holidays to escape into the world of Donna Leon crime/mystery – and the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ would be my pick for all younger readers of mystery. It’s a lovely mix of Enid Bylton and Agatha Christie and romps along merrily, as only an English crime novel can get away with!

Deepdean School for Girls, 1934. When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. (Unless you count the case of Lavinia’s missing tie. Which they don’t, really.) But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place . . . and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive. Now Hazel and Daisy not only have a murder to solve: they have to prove a murder happened in the first place. Determined to get to the bottom of the crime before the killer strikes again (and before the police can get there first, naturally), Hazel and Daisy must hunt for evidence, spy on their suspects and use all the cunning, scheming and intuition they can muster. But will they succeed? And can their friendship stand the test?

A story about family, loyalty, kindness and bravery, set against an all-too-possible future where climate change has forever changed the way we live.

Sometimes bees get too big to be up in the branches, sometimes they fall and break their bones. This week both happened and Foreman said, ‘Tomorrow we’ll find two new bees.’

Peony lives with her sister and grandfather on a fruit farm outside the city. In a world where real bees are extinct, the quickest, bravest kids climb the fruit trees and pollinate the flowers by hand. All Peony really wants is to be a bee. Life on the farm is a scrabble, but there is enough to eat and a place to sleep, and there is love. Then Peony’s mother arrives to take her away from everything she has ever known, and all Peony’s grit and quick thinking might not be enough to keep her safe.

‘How To Bee’ is a beautiful and fierce novel for younger readers, and the voice of Peony will stay with you long after you read the last page.

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