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A great read for women or girls

  • Oct 21, 2008
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I had heard of the first Mother Daughter Bookclub book, but hadn't ever read it, because my daughter was younger, and it was more of a tween book.

Well, this book was perfect for my ten-year-old daughter and me. It is written like a classic book and has a classic feel to it -- a group of moms and daughters, who get involved in a caper, learn some lessons (but not in a didactic way), and have a lot of fun.

I loved this book (for myself -- not just mother daughter reading). The women (moms) and the daughters are different in type (the beauty, the brain, the bookworm, the athlete), so everyone will find someone to relate to.

The fact that it centers on a book (in this case Anne of Green Gables), makes it even better. I haven't read the book and was still able to enjoy the story, but if you are an Anne fan, you should most definitely read this book.

I'll definitely go back and read the first book and look for others in the series as well.

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This was one of the most refreshing teen books that I have read this year. I'm totally not the target age of this book, but I so enjoyed reading it. I wish that I had this group when I was growing up. I don't know exactly how well my mother and I would have fit in, but the idea that 4 best friends and their moms can spend quality time together like this is priceless. It's a wonderful reminder that mothers still love their daughters and can still be close and share interests with them. Instead of …
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Grade 5–8—The cast ofThe Mother-Daughter Book Club(S & S, 2007) is back. Now the girls are in seventh grade, each responding to the social and academic challenges of middle school and impending teen years. This year, the club is reading books by Lucy Montgomery, starting withAnne of Green Gables. Each member and her mother find something to relate to in the books, even the snarky Becca Chadwick who, with her dictatorial parent, joins the club. Different perspectives are provided as each chapter is told in the alternating voices of Emma (writer), Jess (farm girl), Cassidy (athletic tomboy), and Megan (fashion diva). The pace is fast, the concerns and emotions real. The girls are gutsy problem-solvers, with plausibly presented emotions. Adult characterizations, however, are almost clichéd (Emma's mother, for example, is especially bright as she's a librarian, and the patience of Cassidy's mom's love interest doesn't falter until the final pages). The resolution is a bit romanticized but satisfying. As in the first book, Frederick connects a classic title to contemporary problems.—Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at Washington DC Public Library
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ISBN-10: 0689855664
ISBN-13: 978-0689855665
Author: Heather Vogel Frederick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

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