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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 


Book Club Sets – Youth Services Title List

  • Book club titles available for lending to book discussion groups.

    • Requests must be placed at least 24 hours before your desired pick-up time. We process book club
      requests M-F – if you would like to pick up on a weekend, please ensure that your request is placed
      prior to Friday.
    • 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.
    • Books that are picked up in person may be put in a West Des Moines Public Library book bag. If the bag is not returned, you will be charged a $5.00 replacement fee.
    • Each book is numbered on the spine and it is recommended that you use this number to track which book each discussion participant has borrowed. We can provide a sample sign-up sheet.

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
Amal Unbound (15) Level P Saeed, Aisha
Amina’s Voice (15) Level U Khan, Hena
Among the Hidden (11) Level Z Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Artemis Fowl (16) Level Y Colfer, Eoin
Awkward (15) graphic novel Level M Chmakova, Svetlana
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
The Bridge Home (15) Level Q Venkatraman, Padma
Bud, Not Buddy (15) Level U Curtis, Christopher Paul
Bunnicula (15) Level R Howe, Deborah and James
Caleb’s Story (15) Level L MacLachlan, Patricia
Candymakers (14) Level T Mass, Wendy
Capture the Flag (15) Level V Messner, Kate
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (15) Level R Dahl, Roald
Chasing Vermeer (15) Level S Balliett, Blue
Crenshaw (15) Level Q Applegate, Katherine
Crossover (16) Level Z Alexander, Kwame
A Dog’s Life (15) Level Q Martin, Ann M.
Doll Bones (15) Level V Black, Holly
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (29) Level S Grabenstein, Chris
Escaping the Giant Wave (30) Level S Kehret, Peg
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.
Front Desk (15) Level R Yang, Kelly
Ghost (15) Level S Reynolds, Jason
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
Guts (15) graphic novel  Level M Telgemeier, Raina
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.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (15) Level V Rowling, J.K.
Hatchet (15) Level R Paulsen, Gary
Hattie Big Sky (10) Level V Larson, Kirby
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 am Malala : how one girl stood up for education and changed the world (15) Level Z Yousafzai, Malala
I Survived The Attacks of September 11, 2001 (15) Level R Tarshis, Lauren
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 Last Holiday Concert (15) Level Q Clements, Andrew
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
Look Both Ways: a tale told in ten blocks Level S Reynolds, Jason
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
New Kid (15) graphic novel Level M Craft, Jerry
The One and Only Ivan (15) Level O Applegate, Katherine
The Parker Inheritance (15) Level Q Johnson, Varian
The Penderwicks (15) Level S Birdsall, Jeanne
Pictures of Hollis Woods (14) Level V Giff, Patricia Reilly
Powerless (15) Level V Cody, Matthew
Restart (15) Level W Korman, Gordon
Roller Girl (15) graphic novel Level V Victoria Jamieson
Rules (15) Level R Lord, Cynthia
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
Silverwing (15) Level U Oppel, Kenneth
Skylark (15) Level R MacLachlan, Patricia
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (15) Level Y Kehret, Peg
Smile (15) graphic novel  Level T Telgemeier, Raina
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
Towers Falling (15) Level O Rhodes, Jewell Parker
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.