02/27/2017 Categories: Book Club Middle-Graders

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s Read, Eat, and Discuss (R.E.A.D.) Middle Grade Book Club for children, ages 9-12, will meet on Friday, March 24th, 2017, in the Turrentine Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Participants will explore Donna Gephart’s novel, Death by Toilet Paper. Registration is required and now open at library.escondido.org/register. Circulating copies of the book are available for checkout and can be obtained at the Youth Services desk, while supplies last. To reserve a copy, visit the Library’s catalog at library.escondido.org.

Seventh-grader Benjamin Epstein has had a lot on his mind lately. After losing his father to illness, what he wants most is to help his mother continue with her night classes and avoid eviction from their home. Luckily, Benjamin likes to enter sweepstakes contests.  His knack for thinking up catchy jingles has already helped him win coupons and a year's supply of instant oatmeal. Now he has set his sights on the Royal-T Bathroom Tissue slogan contest's $10,000 grand prize. When their landlord gives them four days to come up with the rent, it's a race to win the cash. Gephart treats a difficult subject with just the right amount of levity, and young readers will root for this determined, likable cast of characters.

The R.E.A.D. Book Club continues on May 19th, 2017, with The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm.

Library programs are free and open to the public. The R.E.A.D. Middle Grade Book Club is generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on this and other Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Children’s Librarian Kristine Macalalad at 760-839-5458 or kmacalalad@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.