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Friday, January 2, 2009

readergirlz: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The new readergirlz issue is here!  This month is all about courage and we're featuring Jennifer Donnelly's beautiful book, A Northern Light (Winner of the Carnegie Medal, the L.A. Times Book Prize, the Borders Original Voices Prize, and a Michael L. Printz Honor).   
"Sixteen-year-old Mattie Gokey has big dreams but little hope of seeing them come true. Desperate for money, she takes a job at the Glenmore, where hotel guest Grace Brown asks her to burn a bundle of secret letters. But when Grace's drowned body is fished from the lake, Mattie discovers the letters reveal the grim truth behind a murder.

Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy, this astonishing novel weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and wholly original." - readergirlz blog

Talk About It
After you've read the book, drop by the readergirlz forum and tell us what you think!

Chat with the Author
Jennifer Donnelly will be chatting live at the forum on Thursday, January 15th.  The chat will begin at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST and last for about an hour.

Roundtable Discussion
Seven of the readergirlz divas and postergirlz gathered together to talk about A Northern Light.  Read our roundtable discussion.  I think it's evident how much we all enjoyed the book. Some of us have read it multiple times!

Recommended Reads
If you liked A Northern Light, you'll also enjoy the following books, as recommended the readergirlz divas and the postergirlz advisory council.

What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando
The Creek by Jennifer L. Holm
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante

Oxford Dictionary of English
We selected this because Mattie cherishes her dictionary. So do I, and so do other members of the postergirlz council. We challenge you to look up one new word a day, then use it in conversation!

Read, Reflect, Reach Out
When young girls like Grace go missing, the search isn't all up to the cops. Search parties often include volunteers, too - people like you, with a passion for getting involved, a desire to help others, and endless faith in a happy ending. If you'd like to become a search and rescue (SAR) volunteer, please go to the National Association for Search & Rescue website - http://www.nasar.org  You can also contact your local police department.

Thank you to Little Willow for providing the copy!

If you haven't read this book yet, you must grab a copy right away! It's that good.


Little Willow said...

Happy to do so. :)

Beth Kephart said...

This sounds incredible. I had not heard of this book.

Anonymous said...

This is one of favorite books of ALL TIME. (And believe, I have read many books.) I love the characters and the fact that elements of the story actually happened. I couldn't stop thinking about A Northern Light for weeks after I read it. It totally encourages girls to pursue their dreams, even if they are being stereotyped against. This book is amazing, and everyone should read it. Mattie is a wonderful character that I'm sure anyone can relate to. This book takes twists and turns that you can't even find in a horror novel. A MUST READ!!!!!!!