Children's Upcoming Book Groups

For 2nd & 3rd Grade:

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30


This book group will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register online and we will send you the meeting link the afternoon of our meeting. 

For more information, please email hijuv@ocln.org or call 781-804-2614 and leave a message. 

Henkes's delightful story is restrained and vivid . . . forgoing the overdramatic or zany, it shows the substance, warmth and adaptability of beautifully common family love." When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head! As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. This is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
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For 4th & 5th Grade:
The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


Tuesday, July 14 at 5:30

This book group will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register online and we will send you the meeting link the afternoon of our meeting.

For more information, please email hijuv@ocln.org or call 781-804-2614 and leave a message. 


Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village. With a hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked by others in his town—until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus. Impressed with Boy’s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an action-packed and suspenseful expedition across Europe to gather seven precious relics of Saint Peter.

Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one. They are stealing the relics and accumulating dangerous enemies in the process. But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end—for what if St. Peter has the power to make him the same as the other boys?
The book of Boy Book Cover