"We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful."
That is the motto of the Malone family of Gary, Indiana. Twelve-year-old Deza Malone is the smartest student in her class, told by her teachers that she is destined for a special path in life. Her older brother, Jimmie, is no angel, but he can sing like one, and when he does, people stop to listen.
The Great Depression has hit the city of Gary very hard, and there are few jobs---especially for black men like Mr. Malone. After their father leaves Gary for Flint, Michigan to find work, Deza, Jimmie, and their mother follow later, hoping to catch up to him. The pluck with which the endearing Deza faces the twists and turns of the family's journey proves that she truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.
Newberry Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis has written a heart-wrenching, suspenseful novel about an unforgettable family during the turbulent days of the Great Depression.
Join us on Sunday, March 10th at 2 o'oclock in the afternoon to discuss this excellent novel. Snacks will be served.
Omakayas and her family live on the land her people call the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker. Although the "chimookoman," white people, encroach more and more on their land, life continues much as it always has: every summer they build a new birchbark house; every Autumn they go to ricing camp to harvest and feast; they move to the cedar log house before the first snow arrives, and celebrate the end of the long, cold winters at maple-sugaring camp. In between, Omakayas fights with her pesky little brother, Pinch; plays with cute little baby Neewo; and tries to be grown-up like her older sister, Angeline. But the satisfying rhythms of their life are shattered when a visitor comes to their lodge one winter night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever---but that will eventually lead Omakayas to discover her calling.
This excellent novel is the first book in the popular series.
Come to Girlfriends Read on Sunday, February 10th at 2 PM to discuss this wonderful novel. Snacks will be provided.
Tomboy Tugs Button and her family are never lucky. That is, until the summer of 1929 and Tugs becomes friends with Aggie Millhouse. Everything changes for Tugs when she enters a race with Aggie and they win the race. When Tugs wins a Brownie camera in the Independence Day raffle she can't believe it. Has the luck of the Buttons finally changed for the better? Tugs also becomes involved in the mystery that surrounds a stranger in town. No one else in town is suspicious of the stranger, but Tugs thinks he is up to no good. Is Tugs making a mistake? Will she solve the mystery surrounding the stranger in town? Read this comical story to find the answers.
Join us on Sunday, January 6th at 2 PM to discuss this entertaining story. Snacks will be served.
Igraine, who turns twelve tomorrow, dreams of becoming a famous knight. But today, like most days, life at the family castle is boring. That is, until the nefarious nephew of the baroness from the neighboring castle shows up!
Greedy Osmund has a dastardly plan to capture Pimpernel Castle and steal the singing magic books that belong to Igraine's parents. Complicating matters, Igraine's parents make a mistake with a magic spell and turn themselves into pigs!
Igraine's birthday wish for some excitement at Pimpernel Castle has come true, but the challenge is bigger than she ever imagined. Will Igraine be able to overcome these challenges and save the singing magic books? And will her parents turn themselves back into humans or remain pigs? And will Igraine's brother, Albert, ever be able to cast magic spells that do not involve blue eggs and dry biscuits?
Read this delightfully illustrated book to find the answers to these questions! Join us on Sunday, December 9th at 2PM to discuss this entertaining book. Snacks will be served.
149 days ago,Mimi's Mom died. Everyone's given up. Dad keeps burning pizzas, and he doesn't smile anymore. Sally only wears black and has a terrible secret. Conor plays the drums all night and keeps the neighbors awake. And the dog, Sparkler, hasn't been walked in months. And that's not even counting how terrible things are at school (when Mimi finally gets there, very late each day).
But Mimi isn't one to give up. She goes through the days depending upon routine: Monday is Granny's day, Tuesday is Aunt Marigold's day, Wednesday is Aunt Betty's day, each providing some stability to Mimi and her siblings. Mimi's best friend, Orla, stands by Mimi at school and texts her jokes every day.
This finely crafted novel is both touching and comic, and it is a poweful portrait of loss, compassion, and the power that comes from sticking together.
Join us on Sunday, November 11th at 2 PM to discuss this delightful novel. Snacks will be served.