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Mother-daughter book clubs — the chosen

Unlike the adult book clubs I’ve spoken with over the past year, the mother-daughter clubs I’ve interviewed have little overlap among their reading lists and rarely have favorite books in common.

In fact, Margaret Peterson Haddix — best known for science fiction and thrillers — was the only author to appear on more than one list of top picks.

According to Michelle Zimmermann, leader of the mother-daughter book club at the North Mankato Taylor Library, her group’s favorites span a variety of genres, moods, and writing styles.

Among her club’s favorites:

  • Peg Kehret’s memoir “Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio”
  • Suzanne Collins’ action/adventure “Gregor the Overlander” (Book One in the five-part fantasy/war series “The Underland Chronicles”)
  • Christopher Paul Curtis’s humorous Newbery Award-winner “Bud, Not Buddy”
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix’s “Among the Hidden” (Book One in the seven-part dystopian “Shadow Children” series)

Michele Cromer-Poiré, facilitator of the mother-daughter book club at the University Club in St. Paul, has a list of group favorites heavy with Newbery Honors:

  • Lois Lowry’s historical WWII story “Number the Stars”
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix’s thriller “Running out of Time”
  • Richard Peck’s serious yet amusing “A Long Way from Chicago”
  • Kevin Henke’s emotional “Olive’s Ocean”

Sharon Creech (“Absolutely Normal Chaos,” “Walk Two Moons,” “Bloomability”) and Marguerite Henry (“Misty of Chincoteague” and more than 40 other animal stories) are recurring favorite authors in Cromer-Poiré’s group.

In Julie’s Golden Valley mother-daughter book club, the girls are allowed to pick the books — with some parental censorship.

The girls’ recent favorites include:

  • Rick Riordan’s adventure “The Last Olympian,” (Book five in the five-part “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series)
  • Liz Kessler’s mermaid fantasy “The Tail of Emily Windsnap” (Book one in the “Emily Windsnap” series)

The mother-daughter book club leaders hope these upcoming titles may become new favorites:

  • Karen Hesse’s fantasy “The Music of Dolphins”
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1904 novella “A Little Princess”
  • The Young Reader’s Edition of Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin’s “Three Cups of Tea,” adapted by Sarah Thomson
  • Ellen Raskin’s beloved mystery “The Westing Game”
  • Wilson Rawls’s largely autobiographical “Where the Red Fern Grows”

What has your mother-daughter book club been reading? Which titles have been hits or misses? Let us know.

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