We have an interesting literary event happening right here in Manhattan Beach: Our local independent bookstore--Pages--is hosting Stuart Gibbs, author of some very popular middle-grade novels. His Belly Up did very well with Pennekamp's 5th-grade book club a couple of years ago; and now there is a follow-up, Poached, another zoo-themed mystery (with an immediately appealing cover). Mr. Gibbs has two other successful storylines going: The Last Musketeer, followed by Traitor's Chase and Double Cross; and Spy School, followed by Spy Camp. I would recommend any of these super entertaining books to readers from grade 4 up through middle school. So, back to the event: At Pages; Wednesday, May 14; 7:00 p.m. Contact the store for more information (310-318-0900).
The public library has plenty of copies now of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein, for our 5th-grade book club. They are being held at the "express library," which is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 6, and Saturday from 11 to 3. Thanks to library manager Don Gould for obtaining these for us. The next and final book club meeting will be on June 2. By the way, our "express library" branch will be offering the usual summer reading program--be sure to sign up to keep track of your reading and earn prizes!