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The Mother-Daughter Book Club
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club (2007)
  • Much Ado About Anne (2008)
  • Dear Pen Pal (2009)
  • Pies and Prejudice (2010)
  • Home for the Holidays (2011)
  • Wish You Were Eyre (2012)
  • Mother-Daughter Book Camp (2016)

Author Heather Vogel Frederick
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children’s novel
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Published 2007 – 2016 (initial publication)
No. of books 7

The Mother-Daughter Book Club is a series of children's novels written by Heather Vogel Frederick. The books center around the lives of five different preteens, and eventually teenage girls who become best friends because of the book club that their mothers start. The girls live in a slightly fictionalized Concord, Massachusetts.


Emma Hawthorne - A known bookworm whose mother is the local librarian, and whose father is a published author, Emma starts off the series shy and reserved. Later on she takes up ice skating and bonds with her coach, while also dating Stewart Chadwick and practicing writing. Her respective book is the fourth in the series, Pies and Prejudice.

Jess Delaney - The brains of the group and Emma's best friend, Jess's family owns Half Moon Farm and is riddled with financial problems. Her mother is a former actress who retires to work on the farm when it causes a rift between her and the family. Later in the series, she begins attending a local boarding school on an academic scholarship, and dates Emma's popular older brother Darcy. The first book in the series, The Mother-Daughter Book Club, centers around her.

Megan Wong - A seemingly stereotypical rich girl, Megan used to be friends with the popular girls before joining the book club, and is embarrassed by her mother who "gives their money away" to charities and is open about her vegan lifestyle. Megan's main hobby is fashion design, and dates british exchange student Simon Berkeley. She eventually attends Parsons College in New York City for a BFA in Fashion. The novels where she is the main focus are the third and sixth books Dear Pen Pal and Wish You Were Eyre.

Becca Chadwick - While a general mean girl in the first book, her mother Calliope forces her to join the book club in the second and she slowly forms a reluctant bond with the rest of the girls. Stubborn and boy crazy, Becca later becomes a waitress at the tea shop owned by Megan's grandmother, and attends the University of Minnesota with her boyfriend Theo Rochester. The book which centers around her is the Christmas special and fifth book in the series, Home for the Holidays.

Cassidy Sloane - Recently moved to Concord from California after her father died, Cassidy lives in the shadow of her mother Clementine, a famous former model who later remarries and gets her own cooking show. Unlike her mother and her sister, Cassidy is a tomboy who plays ice hockey, and despite not being nearly as interested in boys as the rest of the book club, gets with both Zach Norton and Simon's brother Tristian Berkeley over the course of the series. The second book in the series, Much Ado About Anne, is mainly about her.


Middle School

In the first book in the series, The Mother-Daughter Book Club, the book club is formed by the mothers while all of the girls are in sixth grade. They become friends over the course of it and help Jess get her parents back together while reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

In Much Ado About Anne, they read Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and struggle with the mother's decision to let Becca Chadwick into the book club. Meanwhile, Cassidy and her older sister Courtney discover that their mother has begun dating again, and Jess tries to keep her parents from selling Half Moon Farm.

In the third book Dear Pen Pal, the mothers set the girls up to be pen pals with another mother daughter book club in Wyoming, whom they visit at the end of the book, and read Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. Jess transfers to a prestigious boarding school, Colonial Academy, at her parents insistence after being offered an anonymous scholarship and clashes with her stuck up southern roommate Savannah Sinclair, but also joins the schools a cappella group. Megan's grandmother Gigi moves in with them and Cassidy learns her mother is pregnant.

High School

The girls enter high school in Pies and Prejudice as Emma's family prepares to move to England for a year and swap houses with the Berkeley family. The book club continues over video call as they read Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice. Jess begins rehabilitating wild animals, Emma develops a rivalry with the "British Becca" Annabelle, Megan starts an anonymous fashion blog and a romance with Simon Berkeley, while Cassidy enters a Elizabeth/Darcy esque dynamic with Simon's figure skating brother Tristian and helps out with a hockey program called Chicks with Sticks. The book ends with Megan's grandmother Gigi opening a tea shop called Pies and Prejudice.

In the following book, Home for the Holidays, instead of taking place over the course of a year like the preceding books, it takes place over only a month during the girls sophomore year, when they read the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace and participate in Secret Santa. It is also the first book in the series to include chapter's from Becca's perspective, whose dad is laid off before she is set to visit her grandmother in Minnesota and her mother goes through a midlife crisis. Megan goes on a tropical cruise, and Jess is set to go on a skiing trip with Savannah, until she injures her leg in a sledding accident and is forced to spend Christmas with Emma, who is angry at her for wanting to go on the trip. Cassidy competes in a hockey tournament, tries to ward off the affections of Zach Norton, and deal with Becca who is jealous of her relationship with Zach.

Wish You Were Eyre, wherein the girls read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, begins with the Wong's accepting a French exchange student named Sophie into their house, who develops a close bond with Gigi that Megan is jealous of. Mrs. Wong runs for mayor with the help of Emma and her boyfriend Stewart. Megan is taken to Paris Fashion Week for her birthday by Gigi, who meets and eventually marries a man named Edouard by the end of the book when they return home. This all takes place during their junior year.

The final book in the series, The Mother Daughter Book Camp, follows the girls experience as camp counselors at Camp Lovejoy, located in New Hampshire, the summer before their freshman year of college. Emma is paired up to counselor with Jess's know-it-all cousin Felicia, who drove a wedge between the two in Home for the Holidays, while Jess is left with Cassidy, and Megan co-counselors with Becca. Together with their campers, they read Dorothy Canfield Fisher's Understood Betsy.

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