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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

For Ages: 9 - 12
  • reading group guide
This Christmas season, join the girls of the mother-daughter book club for a variety of holiday-themed adventures! Becca, Megan, Emma, Cassidy and Jess have plenty of reading material to bring on their trips, too, because the book club is tackling the Betsy-Tacy series before their next meeting on New Year’s Eve.

But unfortunately, nothing goes quite as planned for any of the girls. On a Christmas cruise with their families, Megan and Becca fight over the dashing son of the ship's captain. Cassidy and her family fly back to California to visit Cassidy's sister Courtney... but when the West Coast causes homesickness for their former life in Laguna Beach, the family begins to question what state they should call home. And a disastrous sledding accident causes both Emma and Jess to completely change their holiday plans.

Between squabbles, injuries, and blizzards, everything seems to be going wrong. Will the girls be able to find their holiday spirit in time for Christmas?
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442406858 | 
  • October 2011 | 
  • Grades 4 - 7
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Home for the Holidays Becca
“When there are boys you have to worry about how you look, and whether they like you, and why they like another girl better, and whether they’re going to ask you to something or other. It’s a strain.”

—Betsy in Spite of Herself

“D-E-F-E-N-S-E! DEFENSE, CONCORD, DEFENSE!”

I finish off the cheer with a star jump and a high kick, then fling... see more

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

Home for the Holidays
Book 5 in The Mother-Daughter Book Club series
by Heather Vogel Frederick

Discussion Questions

1. This was the first book in the Mother-Daughter Book Club series to include chapters told from Becca’s perspective. Did these chapters change your opinion of her at all? Why or why not?

2. Do you think you will read the Betsy-Tacy series, now that you’ve read this book? Do you think you would find the characters in the Betsy-Tacy series as relatable as the girls in the Mother-Daughter Book Club did?

3. Do you usually spend the holidays with your family or friends? What is your favorite holiday memory?

4. In the Betsy-Tacy high school books, Betsy is torn between Joe Willard, who’s handsome and smart but kind of aloof, and Tony Markham, who’s handsome and funny but has a wild side. Who would you choose? Why?

5. Maud Hart Lovelace always knew she wanted to be a writer. Have you ever felt that way about a certain profession? Have you taken any steps toward your goal?

6. Betsy is based on Maud herself, and Tacy is based on her childhood best friend. Do you like reading novels that were based on real people? Would you like it if one of your friends wrote a book about you?

7. Do you have a friend whom you would consider your Tacy? If so, what makes you two so close?
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About the Author

Heather Vogel Frederick
Steve Fredericks

Heather Vogel Frederick

Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, as well as the highly acclaimed The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed, The Education of Patience Goodspeed, and the Spy Mice series. She resides with her family in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at HeatherVogelFrederick.com.

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