I, Emma Freke
By Elizabeth Atkinson
“Life wasn’t always like this. In fact, when I was younger and shorter and dumber, I usually had one or two friends to play with at recess. My grades were good, but nothing special. Then my height and brains took off one summer as if someone watered me with too much fertilizer. Even my dull hair turned redder.
To make matters worse – to make matters impossibly worse – my name is Emma Freke.
Like, if you say it slowly, Am a Freak.”
Twelve-year-old Emma is having a rough time. Her life only feels under control when she’s organizing beads in her mother’s shop or making lists. She doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere – even in her own home. Emma’s never known her father, but now she’s invited to a family reunion in Wisconsin where she’ll meet a whole lot of her father’s family.
There she gets to know aunts and uncles and cousins who maybe, just maybe, are a lot like her. Will she finally fit in?
Come along on Emma’s summer journey as she makes new friends, discovers more about herself and her family, and makes a little peace with her name and what she wants out of life. I, Emma Freke has great characters, several surprising twists, and a resilient, good-hearted girl you’ll remember for a long time.
Prairie Evers is finding that school is not all it it cracked up to be. She has always been homeschooled by her grandmother, learning about life while they ramble through the woods. But now, Prairie's family has moved north and she has to attend school, where her education is in a classroom and the behavior of her classmates is not very nice. The only good thing is meeting Ivy, her first true friend. Prairie wants to be good friend, even though she can be clueless at times. But when Ivy's world is about to fall apart and she needs a friend most, Prairie is right there for her, corralling all her optimism and determination to hatch a plan to help.
Wonderful writing and an engaging narrator distinguish this lively story that celebrates friendships of every kind.
Join us on Thursday, May 7th, at 6:30 in the youth department to discuss this delightful book and enjoy some snacks.
Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden's breakout film. But her supporting actresses---her mother's prize organic hens----are high maintenance, to say the least. Thanks goodness Kate's best friend, Alyssa, is the star. She's great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways.
But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches Kate for the most popular girl in seventh grade, Kate suddenly finds herself friendless and starless. Now, thanks to Alyssa's new crowd, Kate is the butt of every joke at school and consigned to the loser table at lunch.
If movies have taught Kate anything, it is that the good guy can always win---with the right script. And her fellow social outcasts may be the key to her own happy ending. Kate hatches the perfect revenge plot against her former best friend, but even though her screenplay is foolproof, Kate soon realizes that nothing---either in filmmaking or in real life---ever goes exactly as planned. Especially when there are diabolical hens out to get you.
Join us on Thursday, April 16th at 6:30 in the youth department to discuss this delightful book AND MEET THE AUTHOR, Julie Mata. Snacks will be served.
"Getting on this train had not been my idea. I wanted to go home. But I had no home anymore, except The Little Wanderers' Refuge, and they had sent me away to be sold as a slave...."
These are the thoughts of Rodzina Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski as she boards the orphan train. Though the orphans have been told that they are going to be adopted by loving families, Rodzina is not convinced. Even if there were such people, why would they want to adopt an overlarge, unpretty, standoffish girl of Polish origin? Besides, Rodzina doesn't need a new family: at twelve she is old enough , and certainly big enough, to take care of herself.
But having little choice in the matter, she soon finds herself on the train heading west, leaving behind the only home she has ever known and bringing with her little more than memories of the family she has lost. Rodzina's journey is filled with memorable characters, humor, and courage.
Join us on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30 to discuss this compelling and unforgettable orphan-train story by Karen Cushman. Snacks will be provided.
Charlie Anne is devestated when her father must go up north to build roads after the Depression hits. She and her siblings are left with their rigid cousin, Mirabel, and a farm full of chores. The only solace Charlie Anne finds is by the river, where the memory of her mother is the strongest.
Then her neighbor Old Mr. Jolly brings home a new wife, Rosalyn, who shows up in pants---pants!---the color of red peppers. With her arrives Phoebe, a young African American girl who has also lost her mother. Phoebe is smart and fun and the perfect antidote to Charlie Anne's lonely days. The girls soon forge a friendship and learn from each other in amazing ways.
But when hatred turns their town ugly, it's almost more than they can bear. Now it is up to Charlie Anne and Phoebe to prove that our hearts are always able to expand.
Join us on Thursday, February 5th at 6:30 to discuss the book and have some snacks.
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