A tragic accident has turned 11 year old Aubrey’s world upside down. Starting a new life all alone, Aubrey has everything she thinks she needs: cereal and Sammy, her new pet fish. She cannot talk about what happened to her. Writing letters is the only thing that feels right to Aubrey, even if no one reads them.
With the help of her loving grandmother and new friends, Aubrey learns that she is not alone, and gradually, she finds the words to express feelings that one seemed impossible to describe. The healing powers of friendship, love, and memory help Aubrey take the first steps toward the future.
Readers will care for Aubrey from page one and will watch her grow until the very end, when she has to make one of the biggest decisions of her life.
Love, Aubrey is devastating, brave, honest, funny, and hopeful. No matter how old you are, this book is not to be missed.
Join us on Sunday, October 23rd at 2:00 in afternoon to discuss this wonderful debut novel. Refreshments will be served.
In the Libyan city of Ghadames, Malika watches her merchant father depart on one of his caravan expeditions. Malika too yearns to travel to distant cities, and she longs to learn to read like her younger brother. But nearly twelve years old and soon to be of marriageable age, Malika—-like all Muslim women—-must be content with a more secluded, more limited life. Then one night a stranger enters her home….someone who disrupts the order of things, and who affects Malika in unexpected ways.
Join us on Sunday, September 25th at 2:00 to discuss this interesting story. Refreshments will be served.
Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father, and Big Ma will send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California to stay with Cecile for the summer. And even though Delphine will have to take care of her sisters, as usual, and learn the truth about the missing pieces of the past.
When the girls arrive in Oakland in the summer of 1968, Cecile wants nothing to do with them. She makes them eat Chinese takeout dinners, forbids them to enter her kitchen and never explains the strange visitors with Afros and black berets who knock on her door. Rather than spend time with them, Cecile sends Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern to a summer camp sponsored by a revolutionary group, the Black Panthers, where the girls get a radical new education.
Set during one of the most tumultuous years in recent American history, One Crazy Summer is the heartbreaking, funny tale of three girls in search of the mother who abandoned them—an unforgettable story told by a distinguished author of books for children and teens, Rita Williams-Garcia.
Join us on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 in the evening to discuss this exceptional book. Refreshments will be served.
Delana has never known her parents. She has been raised by Grandpa, who doesn’t say much, and Aunt Tilley, who says plenty—just not the things Delana wants to hear. Aunt Tilley’s family stories are wild and not to be trusted, while her Book of the Bewares—including boys, fairs, even peeling a potato—keeps Delana from doing much of anything.
When Aunt Tilley dies, Delana’s world turns topsy-turvy. Her pent-up curiosities start to come out; most important, who is her father, and why did he leave? As Delana unravels her aunt’s fictions and draws out her mysterious grandpa, she’ll discover more than a few surprises. And she just might find her rightful home–in one place she hadn’t thought to look.
This moving story is imagined around antique photographs from the author’s collection. True historical details create a vivid backdrop, while a young girl’s emerging spirit and voice will have readers hoping for a picture-perfect ending.
Join us on Thursday, July 28th at 6:30 in the evening to discuss this unique book. Refreshments will be served.
Zitlally feels so alone. Papa isn’t here anymore to whisper to her in star language. Mama is always on the phone, worried. And Zitlally’s sisters are just as scared as she is. Everyone is thinking about that day.
The day Papa was pulled over for speeding.
The day the police found out that Papa was an immigrant without papers.
The day her family discovered that Papa would be deported.
Zitlally seeks comfort in the forest of rusty car parts behind her family’s trailer. There she finds a dirty, skinny dog with a star-shaped mark on his neck. Soon she realizes Star is no ordinary dog. He’s like the magical animals in the stories Papa has told her. His fate is connected to a human’s fate.
To Papa’s fate.
If Zitlally can keep Star safe, Papa will stay safe too.
When Star disappears, it’s up to Zitlally and her new friend, Crystal, to find him…and save him. Only then can Zitlally be sure that Papa, too, will make his way back home—-and her family will be whole once again.
Join us on Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 when we will discuss this magical story. Refreshments will be served.