Children’s Book World is excited to announce our very first CBW All Store Read & Book Club.
Quarterly, we will select two titles celebrating a particular genre or theme that we would love for you to read: one middle grade novel (ages 8 and up) and one young adult novel (ages 12 and up). We will follow up with a Book Club meeting at the store to discuss the book and its meaning. All readers of appropriate age and their parents are encouraged to participate.
Our first books for 2019 will be our middle grade selection, The Mighty Miss Malone, by Christopher Paul Curtis and our YA selection, The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry (Julie will be joining us at the Book Club meeting!) The best historical fiction for kids can not only bring history alive but act as a mirror to our own time and a connection to other young peoples’ struggles and journeys. Both of these stories feature smart, vibrant young women whose lives are turned upside down by circumstances beyond their control and forced to escape and migrate from their homes.
The Mighty Miss Malone (Ages 8 and up)
CBW Book Club Meeting: March 23, 2:30 p.m.
One remarkable family is on the journey of their lives. From Newbery Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis comes a heart-wrenching and suspenseful novel about an unforgettable struggle to survive the Great Depression. Twelve-year-old Deza Malone has a close and loving family, and she’s the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana. But times are tough, and it’s hard for black men like Deza’s father to find work. Desperate to help his family, Deza’s father leaves town to look for work, and soon Deza, her mom, and her older brother, Jimmie, are setting off in search of him. Along the way, they experience many Depression-era hardships, including living in a shantytown outside Flint Michigan and riding the rails, all the while never giving up the hope of being together again.
The Passion Of Dolssa (Ages 12 and up)
CBW Book Club Meeting with author Julie Berry: March 18, 7:00 p.m.
Dolssa is a young gentlewoman with uncanny gifts, on the run from an obsessed friar determined to burn her as a heretic for the passion she refuses to tame. Botille is a wily and charismatic peasant, a matchmaker running a tavern with her two sisters in a tiny seaside town. The year is 1241; the place, Provensa, what we now call Provence, France—a land still reeling from the bloody crusades waged there by the Catholic Church and its northern French armies. When the matchmaker finds the mystic near death by a riverside, Botille takes Dolssa in and discovers the girl’s extraordinary healing power. But as the vengeful Friar Lucien hunts down his heretic, the two girls find themselves putting an entire village at the mercy of murderers.