Book #1: After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson

In the summer of 1994, our 11-year-old narrator and her friend Neeka meet D, a foster child, in Queens, New York. Tupac Shakur miraculously survives multiple gunshot wounds that same summer. Tupac’s music is the soundtrack of the two years this trio spends together dealing with issues of race, adolescence and finding their big purpose.

Book #2: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Follow the fictional life of talented guitarist Frankie Presto as he travels through musical challenges and success while interacting with real-life professional musicians and events. He’s part of Detroit’s jazz scene, the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis mania and Woodstock.

Think about multiplying your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our community reading initiative. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read two books on a theme. Our summer 2018 theme is music featuring After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.

We are a reading community and have come together 11 times in the past to read the same book, talk about it and enjoy events with the Big Read. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two! We started 2Book Topeka as our community read to meet the demand and enthusiasm generated by the Big Read. For many people the Big Read didn’t happen often enough.


  • Monday, June 18 | 7-8:30pm — Share your thoughts during a discussion of After Tupac and Foster D.
  • Saturday, July 14 | 2-3:30:30pm —Discuss your thoughts onThe Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.
  • Tuesday, July 31 | 7-8:30pm — Examine both 2Book Topeka books.

Previous 2Book Topeka Reads

Winter 2018
Mr. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Fall 2017
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson and The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Summer 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and 
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

Help us plan future 2Book Topeka Reads

If you have suggestions for a future 2Book Topeka book or two books around a theme, let us know.

2Book Suggestion Form

  • Suggest two books around a theme for a future 2Book Topeka community read