In Saffy's Angel readers meet the four Casson children. Their mother, Eve, a fine-arts painter, has named all the children after paint colors. Cadmium, called Caddy, is the eldest; then comes Saffron, known as Saffy; Indigo, the only boy; and Rose, the youngest. When Saffy discovers quite by accident that she has been adopted, she is deeply upset, though the others assure her it makes no difference at all. Saffy is the daughter of Eve's twin sister, who lived in Siena, Italy and died in a car crash. Grandad brought Saffy, as a very small child, back from Siena.
At Grandad's death, he leaves something to each of the children. To Saffy, it is "her angel," although no one knows its identity. How Saffy discovers what her angel is, with the help of an energetic new friend, lies at the heart of this enchanting story. Unforgettable characters come alive in often deeply humourous and always absorbing events to make a book to be treasured for a long time.
Join us on Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 to discuss this delightful book and enjoy some snacks.
Pauline, Petrova, and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it is going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with work papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice! Pauline is destined for the movies. Posy is a born dancer. But practical Petrova finds she would rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette. Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.
Join the discussion and enjoy some snacks on Thursday, April10 at 6:30 until 7:30.
North Pownal, Vermont
Twelve-year-old Grace and her best friend, Arthur, must leave school to work as doffers in the mill. But Grace is left-handed. Replacing full bobbins with empty ones is a right-handed job, and every mistake Grace makes costs her family precious pennies.
Grace knows that Arthur is hatching a desperate plan to get himself out of the mill. She begs him to wait. Something will come along to change their lives.
That something turns out to be Lewis Hine, a reformer with a camera, who finds his way into the mill so that he can take pictures of kids like Grace and Arthur next to the enormous spinning frames that beat out the rhythm of their twelve-hour days. Boldly, Grace becomes Hine's secret ally.
Elizabeth Winthrop gives un an unforgettable character in Grace, who is so full of fierce energy, humor, and integrity that the reader never gives up hoping she will make a better life for herself.
Join us on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30 to discuss this excellent book and enjoy some snacks.
Every year in February, Alice Rice travels from Wisconsin to Sanibel Island, Florida with her parents.
Returning to the beach cottage---a cottage named Scallop---where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice.
Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? What will have stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
Alice's friends are returning, too. And she is certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can't wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky this year?
Read this entertaining novel to find the answers to these questions, then join us for the book discussion and birthday cake. We will meet on Thursday, February 6th from 6:30 to 7:30 in the youth department.
For all of her nine years, fragile Elizabeth Ann has heard her Aunt Frances refer in whispers to "those horrible Putney cousins." But when her aunt can no longer care for her, Elizabeth Ann is forced to leave her sheltered life in town, to live in the wilds of Vermont with distant relatives.
In the beginning, Elizabeth Ann is shocked by country living---pets are allowed to sleep in the house and children are expected to do chores! But with country living comes independence and responsibility, and in time Elizabeth Ann finds herself making friends and enjoying the company of her newfound family. When, after a year, Aunt Frances comes to get her niece, she discovers a healthier, prouder girl with a new name---Betsy---and a new outlook on life.
Read this delightful book and join the discussion on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:30 in the evening. Snacks will be served.