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 F
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.
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.”