Juvenile Book Club Kits

Juvenile Book Club Kits

Want to start a book club? Looking for new titles for your existing club? The Monroe County Public Library has a unique collection to support local book clubs. "It's in the Bag" allows a patron with a library card in good standing to borrow one bag for a 6-week period.

These bags contain 8 copies of a title, discussion questions, a list of readalikes, reviews, and biographical information about the author.

Call the MCPL information desk at 812-349-3228 if you have any questions about borrowing one of our "It's in the Bag" book bags.

If you have a suggestion for a new book for our book club bags, please make a Suggestion for Purchase.  You can let us know that your suggestion is for a book club kit in the "other information" box.

Among the hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix
J Haddix

In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Amulet. Book 1, The stonekeeper

Kazu Kibuishi
J-GN Amulet v. 1

"After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves." -- from publisher's web site.

The Baby-sitters Club. 2, The truth about Stacey

Raina Telgemeier, Ann M. Martin
J Martin

Joining the Baby-sitter's Club after moving to a new town, Stacey helps her new friends outmaneuver a rival sitter group while coming to terms with her diabetes.

The city of Ember

Jeanne DuPrau
J Duprau

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.


Carl Hiaasen.
J Hiaasen

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Junie B., first grader (at last!)

Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus
J Park

Junie B. thinks first grade is a flop when her kindergarten friend Lucille prefers the company of twins Camille and Chenille and Junie B. needs glasses.

Pete the Cat. Pete's big lunch

James Dean
J-ER Pete Dea

In this cool beginning reader, Pete uses creativity to create a delicious sandwich and then teaches readers about the joy of sharing with friends.


Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
J Na

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

The tale of Despereaux : being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread

Kate DiCamillo
J Dicamil

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.

Where the wild things are

Maurice Sendak
Ej Sen

Max, a naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.