Charlie Anne is devastated when her father must go up north to build roads after the Depression hits. She and her siblings are left with their rigid cousin, Mirabel, and a farm full of chores. The only solace Charlie Anne finds is by the river, where the memory of her mother is strongest.
Then her neighbor Old Mr. Jolly brings home a new wife, Rosalyn, who shows up in pants—pants!—the color of red peppers. With her arrives Phoebe, a young African American girl who has also lost her mother. Phoebe is smart and fun and the perfect antidote to Charlie Anne’s lonely days. The girls soon forge a friendship and learn from each other in amazing ways.
But when hatred turns their town ugly, it’s almost more than they can bear. Now it’s up to Charlie Anne and Phoebe to prove that our hearts are always able to expand.
Join us on Sunday, March 27th at 2:00 to discuss this wonderful novel of family and friendship. Refreshments will be served.
Franny Hansen is a ten-year-old piano prodigy living in Rusty Nail, Minnesota. Once the Coot Capital of the World, in 1953 it’s a sleepy backwater farm town with one traffic light and a bizarre cast of characters. Having long exhausted the talents of the town’s crabby piano teacher, Franny is stuck and seems destined to perform only at church events and school assemblies—and watch her talent go to waste. That is, until a mysterious Russian woman arrives in Rusty Nail and turns the town upside down. Her neighbors are convinced the “Commie” is a threat to their American way of life, bur Franny thinks that this stranger could be her ticket out of Rusty Nail. Does she dare defy the town in order to realize her ambitions?
Join us on Sunday, February 27 at 2:00 PM to discuss The Rising Star of Rusty Nail. Refreshments will be served.
Zoe Elias has big musical dreams. As soon as she gets a glossy baby grand piano, she will be on her way to Carnegie Hall. Trouble is, what Zoe gets is a wood-grained, vinyl-seated, wheeze-bag organ. Yet when she enters the annual Perform-O-Rama organ competition, Zoe finds that life is full of surprises–and that perfection may be even better when it’s just a little off center. This wise and witty book about families and friendships is entertaining and a delight to read.
Join us on Sunday, January 30th at 2:00 to discuss A Crooked Kind of Perfect AND our December book The Leanin’ Dog. Let’s hope we do not get snowed out again! Refreshments will be served.
Eleven-year-old Dessa Dean lives with her father, a hunter and trapper, in a remote wilderness area. Dessa Dean is so traumatized by her mother’s death that she cannot leave their cabin. It is nearly Christmas, but Dessa Dean has nearly given up on ever being happy again. Suddenly, a huge fudge-colored dog bounds into Dessa’s life. Can Dessa Dean find happiness and contentment again?
Join us on Sunday, December 12th at 2:00 to discuss this wonderful book. Refreshments will be served.
Naomi Soledad Leon Outlaw has a lot to deal with–like having the “funniest last name in the universe,” for one. Then there are her clothes (polyester, sewn by Gram), her difficulty speaking up, and her status at school as “nobody special.”
But according to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. Luckily, with Gram and her little brother, Owen, life at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho is happy, peaceful, and predictable. That is, until Naomi and Owens mother reappears after seven years, stirring up all sorts of questions—and a whole lot of trouble. Soon Naomi finds herself on a whirlwind journey in a last-ditch effort to keep her family together. But will positive thinking be enough to save them?
Join us on Sunday, November 14, 2010 to discuss this excellent novel. Refreshments will be served.