Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-707-1950.
This modern, middle-school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac introduces readers to a group of friends who are making their first forays into the mysterious world of romance. One day Gracie notices her friend A.J. in a new light and is immediately in the midst of her first real crush. However, A.J. is interested in Grace's best friend Sienna. Sienna and A.J. can't seem to communicate without the help of their best friends. On top of all these new complications, Gracie feels constant pressure to be a ray of sunshine for her parents who lost their first child seven years before Gracie was born. Gracie draws readers in with her funny, offbeat inner monologue. The reader brings to life the characters, humor and heart throughout this story. (M. Crews)
Cedar’s family is still grieving deeply when they move to Iron Creek, home of a renowned theater festival. She uncovers a mystery in the untimely death of a bygone starlet, but this isn’t the only problem she must resolve in this touching and thoughtfully told story. The lowkey narration echoes the sense of loss.
In 1963 Washington D.C. Arthur Owens is angry and confused as he struggles to come to terms with the death of his dad and his community service with the local Junk Man. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.
Violet Markey meets Theodore Finch at the top of their school’s bell tower the day they were both planning on jumping off in this heartbreaking story about love, friendship and the powerful effects of mental illness.
After a wealthy family hires Grisini, a talented street puppeteer, and his orphaned apprentices to entertain for their daughter Clara on her 12th birthday, Clara and Grisini disappear. In the search for Clara, the orphans encounter and outsmart both evil and magic.
Molly and her sister Hannah are reluctantly living with their Grandparents after the sudden death of their mother because their father is unable to care for them. Molly encounters the Green man, the god of spring, who becomes her object of care and concern and as she deals with her loneliness, her sister’s anger and her father’s “inability to cope”.
Devastated when her older sister Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie's life becomes even more complicated when she finds she has feelings for both her sister’s grieving boyfriend and the new boy in town. She expresses her confusion in poems that she scatters everywhere.