Sunday, November 29, 2015

Absolutely Truly / Heather Vogel Frederick / 355 pages

Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire has the world's teeniest public library.  Truly's gramps grandly refers to Main Street as "the heart of the business district.  If this is the heart, Truly figures it must be on life support."  Truly and her family, the Magnificent 7, move to Pumpkin Falls after her father loses his right arm to an IED in Afghanistan.  Her grandparents have joined the Peace Corps and invited their son and his family to live in their house and run their (failing) bookstore, while they are gone.  Truly had failed pre-algebra at her last school in Austin, Texas, so she must report to the bookstore for tutoring - by her dad, Silent Man, every day after school.  While helping her Aunt True with inventory, she discovers as umailed missive with unusual numbers inside an autographed first edition of Charlotte's Web.  Together she and her new friends track down the meaning of missive and the book's rightful owner.

"Books bring people together, and people bring communities together."

Mark Twain Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17

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