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Abilene Tucker arrives in Manifest, Kansas in 1936 at the height of The Great Depression.  Her mother has died, and her father, Gideon Tucker, grew up in Manifest.  When he gets a job in another part of the country, he sends Abilene to Manifest to stay with his old friend, Shady Howard. Abilene soon explores the town and gets to know the people of Manifest.  She also finds a box of treasures under the floor boards of her bedroom.  Abilene sets out to find out who they belonged to.  Were they her father's from his childhood?  And if so, where and how did he get them?  Abilene sets out to find the answers, and along the way, she finds out the story of her father's life in Manifest.  Abilene also tries to unravel the mystery of a treasure map and a spy known as "The Rattler."  Will she find the answers?

Join us on Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 in evening to discuss Abilene's adventures and enjoy some snacks.

Posted by: Jahnke
on October 01, 2013



Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life.  Which is nearly impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability.  She has spent years trying to teach David the rules from " a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"--- in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors.

But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of-friend, and Kristi, the potential next-door friend she has always wished for; it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Filled with humor and warmth, Cynthia Lord's debut novel takes a candid and sensitive look at feeling different and finding acceptance--beyond the rules.


Posted by: Jahnke
on September 10, 2013

Meet the Moffats.  There is Sylvie, the oldest, the cleverest, and---most days at least---the responsible one; Joey, who though only twelve is the man of the house...sometimes; Janey, who has a terrific upside-down way of looking at the world; And Rufus, who may be the littlest but always gets in the biggest trouble.

Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun.  Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the entire town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess.  And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure.

Join the fun on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 to discuss the Moffats adventures and have some snacks.

Register via email at or call 886-6335.  Stop at the youth desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Posted by: Jahnke
on August 02, 2013

It is wartime and Carrie and Nick Willow are sent from London to Wales to protect them from the blitz. While in Wales, they live with "Auntie Lou" and her very strict brother, Mr. Evans.  Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid's Bottom with Hepzibah Green and the strange Mister Johnny.  Gradually they begin to settle into their new surroundings, but then Carrie does the worst thing she ever did in her life...

Join us on Tuesday, July 30th at 6:30 when we will discuss this heartwarming and unforgettable story.  Snacks will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on July 01, 2013

Becca has frequently gone with her parents to visit her Gran at her rustic cabin by the sea.  But this year, Becca's mother is expecting a baby, and Becca is sent to visit her grandmother on her own.  The prospect of spending time at Gran's---with her peculiar plumbing and ridiculous Scrabble rules---is hardly appealing.  Then, on her very first night, Becca finds an oyster full of pearls.  One pearl for every adventure to come?  Becca desperately hopes so, as much as she longs for a friend to share them with.

As her mother's pregnancy progresses, Becca returns to the island again and again.  And through a busy parade of visiting relatives---some welcome, some not----Becca experiences the annual herring run in a sinking dinghy, is kissed by a seal, and scales a cliff.  Becca also sails a boat for the first time and goes skinny dipping in the sea.  And who knew that picking blackberries and making jelly could be such an interesting adventure??!   By the time her parents arrive with the new baby, Becca realizes that adventures, and even friends to share them with, may have been right under her nose the whole time.

Join the fun on Tuesday, June 25th at 6:30 in evening to discuss Becca's adventures and enjoy some snacks.  To register, call 920-886-6335 or email the youth desk at  Stop at the youth desk to pick up your book.

Posted by: Jahnke
on May 21, 2013


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