BookKid BookClub

Author Jenny Goebel will join us for our monthly middle-grade book club for kids ages 8-12. This month’s discussion: Out Of My Shell. Sign up:


About the book:  An inspiring and timely story of friendship, courage, and the magic that can happen when we stand up for what's right.

Normally, Olivia spends all year looking forward to her family's summer vacation in Florida. But not this year. Not when her parents have recently separated, and her father has to stay behind in Colorado. Olivia doesn't know what she'll do all summer without him. They've always been a pair, and she's never felt the same bond with her mother or younger sister. So Olivia plans to spend the summer laying low, and trying to ignore the hurt gnawing at her heart. But when she learns that the local sea turtle population is in serious risk of dying off because of her neighbor's poorly designed house, she knows she has to do something. She can't just watch the beautiful creatures suffer. Yet her chances of helping the turtles are slim, and she can't handle any more heartbreak. Will Olivia turn her back on her favorite animal to avoid the pain? Or will she find the courage to stand up for the turtles, and maybe heal herself in the process?

About the author: Jenny Goebel is the author of Out of My Shell, Fortune Falls, an Indies Next List pick, and Grave Images, the Colorado Book Awards 2014 Winner for Juvenile Literature. She also wrote the penultimate, The 39 Clues Book: Doublecross: Mission Hurricane, and picture books: Foreman Farley has a Backhoe; Foreman Frankie is Handy and The Firefighter. Jenny is happiest either with a steaming cup of tea and a good book in her hands, or when she’s exploring Colorado’s endless beauty with her family. She lives in Westminster with her husband, three sons, three crested geckos, and one mischievous dog.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Out of My Shell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338259551
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - June 25th, 2019