For Gloriana June Hemphill, life in Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is filled with doodlebugs, iced tea, and fireworks on her birthday, the 4th of July. But the summer of 1964 is different. Glory, as everyone knows her, is eager to turn twelve. There are times though, when she wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Maybe it is the new girl from the North----with her black socks and clunky sandals----that's got everyone out of sorts. Or maybe its the debate about whether or not to keep the town's segregated pool open. It seems the answers to Glory's questions about the pool keep changing. Now she has to summon the courage to find out what is true and who is lying.
In the meantime, Glory's older sister, Jesslyn, is growing up, and she no longer wants to spend time with Glory. Jesslyn only wants to spend time with her new boyfriend, Robbie. And Glory's best friend, Frankie, is angry with Glory. And Yankee Freedom workers are in town this summer, unsettling the residents of Hanging Moss.
The summer of 1964 is not at all like Glory expected it to be. What else can happen?
Join us on Thursday, July24th at 6:30 in the evening, to discuss this memorable story about family, friendships and choices that aren't always easy.
When 10 year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving from a two-family home to their very own house, she is hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill. That changes everything! The new house though, is in Stamford, Conneticut, far from her current home in New Haven. Allie's father is lucky to find the new job in Stamford. Jobs are hard to get during The Great Depression.
But strawberries are not the only things Allie will have to look for in her new neighborhood. As Allie struggles to find a new "best friend" and adjust to all of the changes she faces, she takes readers on her journey to make Strawberry Hill feel like home.
Join us on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30 in the evening to discuss Strawberry Hill and enjoy some snacks.
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.