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Our daughter learned to read the summer before she went to kindergarten, mostly because she wanted to do the same things her older brother could do.  She then promptly informed me that she didn't like reading because it meant she had to sit still...Last night she was bursting with excitement over the reading club book she had finished and how much she thought I would enjoy it.  She made a point of leaving it on my nightstand to make sure I would get to it! Thank you all so much for making reading fun and cool and not just something Mom says she has to do. 


Book Club Sets – Youth Services Title List

Book club titles available for lending to book discussion groups.

  • We have sets of titles, mostly fiction, previously read in our adult book club, Club Read.
  • If books are to be mailed from our library to you, a shipping and handling fee of $10 per set will be charged. An invoice will be included with your book shipment and should be paid upon receipt.
  • If books are picked up in person, NO handling fee is charged.
  • Each set of books is due back 8 weeks from the time they are shipped from or leave our library.
  • The borrower is responsible for replacing any lost or damaged books and notifying our library in the event that this occurs.

To book Adult or Young Adult titles, please use the Online Form on the Book Club Kits page.

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West Des Moines Public Library Youth Services Book Discussion List

For Questions, please contact Amy in the Youth Services Department at 515-222-3405 or email her at List includes Guided Reading Level. You may also view a a PDF of this list sorted by Author.

Title (# copies available) Guided Reading Author
The 100-Year-Old Secret (15) Level P Barrett, Tracy
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (14) Level Q Sanderson, Brandon
Among the Hidden (11) Level Z Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Artemis Fowl (16) Level Y Colfer, Eoin
Because of Winn-Dixie (20) Level R DiCamillo, Kate
Beezus and Ramona (14) Level O Cleary, Beverly
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (14) Level S Robinson, Barbara
The BFG (16) Level U Dahl, Roald
The Boggart (14) Level U Cooper, Susan
The Book of Three (15) Level U Alexander, Lloyd
The Boys Start the War (15) Level S Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
Bud, Not Buddy (15) Level U Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bunnicula (15) Level R Howe, Deborah and James
Caleb’s Story (15) Level S MacLachlan, Patricia
Candymakers (14) Level S Mass, Wendy
Capture the Flag (15) Level V Messner, Kate
The Castle Corona (15) Level U Creech, Sharon
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (15) Level R Dahl, Roald
Chasing Vermeer (15) Level S Balliett, Blue
Crossover (16) Level Z Kwame Alexander
A Dog’s Life (15) Level Q Martin, Ann M.
Doll Bones (15) Level V Black, Holly
Dork in Disguise (18) Level R Gorman, Carol
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (29) Level S Grabenstein, Chris
Escaping the Giant Wave (30) Level S Kehret, Peg
Fair Weather (14) Level T Peck, Richard
Fairy-Tale Detectives (15) Level R Buckley, Michael
Fast and the Furriest (12) Level T Behrens, Andy
Fergus Crane (15) Level U Stewart, Paul
The Frog Princess (15) Level U Baker, E.D.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (16) Level S Konigsburg, E.L.
Ghost (15) Level M Jason Reynolds
Ghost Dog Secrets (14) Level R Kehret, Peg
Great Trouble: a Mystery of London, the Blue Death
and a Boy Called Eel (15)
Level S Hopkinson, Deborah
Half Magic (14) Level S Eager, Edward
Harriet the Spy (19) Level T Fitzhugh, Louise
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (15) Level V Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (15) Level V Rowling, J.K.
Hatchet (15) Level R Paulsen, Gary
Heat (15) Level V Lupica, Mike
Holes (8) Level V Sachar, Louis
The Homework Machine (13) Level Q Gutman, Dan
Hoot (15) Level W Hiaasen, Carl
How to Eat Fried Worms (15) Level R Rockwell, Thomas
I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1872 (15) Level S Tarshis, Lauren
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (15) Level P Tarshis, Lauren
I, Freddy (12) Level O Reiche, Dietlof
Indian in the Cupboard (15) Level R Banks, Lynne Reid
The Janitor’s Boy (18) Level P Clements, Andrew
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige (15) Level V Tooke, Wes
The Knights of the Kitchen Table (14) Level P Scieszka, Jon
The Last Holiday Concert (15) Level Q Clements, Andrew
The Legend of Spud Murphy (15) Level P Colfer, Eoin
Lily’s Crossing (14) Level S Giff, Patricia Reilly
Little House in the Big Woods (15) Level Q Wilder, Laura Ingalls
The Littles (14) Level M Peterson, John
Lives of Extraordinary Women:
Rulers, Rebels (and what the neighbors thought) (10)
Level V Krull, Kathleen
Long Walk to Water (15) Level W Park, Linda Sue
Love That Dog (14) Level T Creech, Sharon
Love, Ruby Lavender (14) Level R Wiles, Deborah
Lunch Money (13) Level R Clements, Andrew
The Magic Thief (14) Level O Prineas, Sarah
The Magician’s Nephew (12) Level T Lewis, C.S
Magnus Maybe (15) Level N Broome, Errol
Maniac Magee (19) Level W Spinelli, Jerry
Masterpiece (14) Level X Broach, Elise
May B. (15) Level P Rose, Caroline Starr
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics (15) Level S Grabenstein, Chris
Mysterious Benedict Society (15) Level W Stewart, Trenton Lee
The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine (16) Level R Stanley, Diane
N.E.R.D.S. (15) Level V Buckley, Michael
Oggie Cooder (14) Level Q Weeks, Sarah
The One and Only Ivan (15) Level O Applegate, Katherine
Our Only May Amelia (19) Level R Holm, Jennifer L.
The Penderwicks (15) Level S Birdsall, Jeanne
Pictures of Hollis Woods (14) Level V Giff, Patricia Reilly
Powerless (15) Level V Cody, Matthew
Regular Guy (16) Level U Weeks, Sarah
Roller Girl (15) graphic novel Level V Victoria Jamieson
Sammy Keyes and the Runaway Elf (18) Level T Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sarah, Plain and Tall (18) Level R MacLachlan, Patricia
Saving Lilly (14) Level T Kehret, Peg
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (15) Level U Berry, Julie
The School Story (14) + teacher ed. Level R Clements, Andrew
Shredderman: Secret Identity (14) Level S Van Draanen, Wendelin
Silverwing (15) Level U Oppel, Kenneth
Skellig (13) Level O Almond, David
Skylark (15) Level R MacLachlan, Patricia
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (15) Level Y Kehret, Peg
Smile (15) graphic novel  Level T Raina Telgemeier
Snowboard Champ (9) Level P Christopher, Matt
Star in the Storm (13) Level R Harlow, Joan Hiatt
Stella by Starlight (15) Level S Sharon M. Draper
Summer of Riley (11) Level R Bunting, Eve
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (13) Level Q Blume, Judy
Tangerine (14) Level U Bloor, Edward
The Teacher’s Funeral (9) Level V Peck, Richard
The Tiger Rising (13) Level T DiCamillo, Kate
Toro! Toro! (15) Level R Morpurgo, Michael
Trading Places with Tank Talbott (14) Level O Butler, Dori Hillestad
Trouble with Chickens (12) Level N Cronin, Doreen
The Twits (12) Level S Dahl, Roald
A Week in the Woods (14) Level T Clements, Andrew
The Westing Game (21) Level V Raskin, Ellen
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town (15) Level Y Holt, Kimberly Willis
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (15) Level V Lin, Grace
White Star: a dog on the Titanic (15) Level U Crisp, Marty
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy (15) Level X Tui Sutherland
Wonder (15) Level U Palacio, R.J.
A Year Down Yonder (15) + teacher ed. Level V Peck, Richard

This book discussion lending program is made possible by the generosity of members of The Friends of the West Des Moines Library.