Special kids’ story time at Northshire Bookstore

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Four authors, three books at Northshire Bookstore. Photo provided.

MANCHESTER, Vt. – Join us Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. for a special kids story time with four authors – Sandra Neil Wallace, Rich Wallace, Ann Braden, and Anne Carelli O’Brien – reading their new books.

Sandra Neil Wallace and Rich Wallace, “First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great”

Celebrate the genius, diversity, and grit of immigrants and refugees in this boldly illustrated guide to 36 American trailblazers. The men and women in this book represent nations from Somalia to Germany, from Syria to China, from Mexico to Sweden, and more. They are people like Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, international singing sensation Celia Cruz, star basketball player Dikembe Mutombo, world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and influential journalist Jorge Ramos. And they are all immigrants or refugees to the United States of America. Their courage, their achievements, and their determination to change the world have helped make our country a stronger place.

Ann Braden, “The Benefits of Being an Octopus”

Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there’s Lenny, her mom’s boyfriend. They all get to live in his nice, clean trailer. At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend, Fuchsia, has her own issues. Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus: eight arms to do eight things at once. One of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way. This moving debut novel explores the cultural divides around class and the gun debate through the eyes of one girl, living on the edges of society, trying to find her way forward.

Anne O’Brien Carelli, “Skylark and Wallcreeper”

Hurricane Sandy is flooding New York City, and Lily is at a nursing home with her grandmother, Collette. Lily visits Collette often, as she is beginning to lose her memories. When the National Guard shows up to evacuate the building and take them to safety at the Park Slope armory in Brooklyn, Lily’s granny suddenly produces a red box she’s hidden in a closet for years. Once they get to safety, Lily opens the box, where she finds an old, beautiful Montblanc pen. Granny tells Lily that the pen is very important and that she has to take care of it, as well as some letters written in French. But Lily loses the pen in the course of helping other nursing home residents, and as she searches the city trying to find it, she learns more about her grandmother’s past in France. Told in alternating sections (2012 and 1944), this engaging book explores a deep friendship during difficult times and the importance of family.

Northshire Bookstore is located at 4869 Main Street, Manchester Center. For more information on these or other events, call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at www.northshire.com.

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