Benjamin Ellefson Book Club

Do you love to read middle grade books? Let’s read them together! Then we can discuss each exciting book on my Facebook Group.

All you need to do to participate is buy this month’s book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your nearest bookstore. Or check it out from your school or local library. Then read it throughout the month.

I’ll be posting my thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. At the end of the month, we can discuss our favorite characters, scenes, or anything else from the book on the Benjamin Ellefson Fan Club Facebook Group.

October’s Book:

by Amie and Bethany Borst

Middle school is scary. So are skeleton girls.
To win at both, you’ve got to put some skin in the game.

Cindy might appear to be your average twelve year old, but since her mother’s death she has a secret. Every night she turns into a boney, white skeleton.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Cindy’s dad is afraid of her. She has an evil stepmother who makes her do crazy chores, some of them with a toothbrush. And then there’s the werewolf who intends to make Cindy his midnight snack.

The Spring Fling dance is fast approaching and Ethan, the cutest boy in sixth grade, doesn’t seem to know Cindy exists. She doesn’t think letting Ethan know she’s a cursed skeleton-girl is the best way to introduce herself. Determined to break the curse, Cindy travels to the Underworld where things aren’t quite what they seem, including Mr. Death, the strange and creepy undertaker.

With a jar of pickled pig’s feet, a wacky fortuneteller, and a cranky skeleton mouse, Cindy is afraid this curse has really gotten under her skin.

Grade Level: 3 – 6
Paperback: 266 pages

Cinderskella by Amie Borst and Bethanie Borst
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A sugar lion from The Land without Color

Past Book Club

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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September 2020 Book Club

Among the Hidden
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Luke has never gone to school. He has never even had a birthday party, or been to a friend’s house to play. Actually, Luke has never ever had a friend before.

Luke is a third child, one of the shadow children forbidden by the Population Police. His entire life he has lived in hiding. Things get worse when a new housing development replaces the woods next to his family’s farm. Luke is no longer even allowed to go outside.

One day Luke spots a girl’s face in the window in a house where he knows that two other children already live. After years along, he’s finally met another shadow child like himself. Jen is eager and willing to risk everything to emerge of the shadows — does Luke dare become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he really afford not to?


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Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Age Range: 8 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Shadow Children

Paperback: 153 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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August 2020 Book Club

James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl

Discover the magical adventure of James as he escapes the miserable life living with his horrible aunts. Enjoy the whimsical wonder as he travels across the Atlantic Ocean on a gigantic peach with a collection of new friends, including  ladybug, grasshopper, spider, silkworm, glowworm, and a centipede with a hundred gorgeous shoes.

This silly adventure will delight readers young and old as James and the crew encounter peach-eating sharks and skies populated with malevolent Cloudmen. This classic book is a must-read!

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Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Lane Smith

Paperback: 144 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook

The gnome vault in The Great Sugar War