Discuss The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. This is the epic story of Frankie Presto - the greatest guitar player who ever lived - and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio introduces August Pullman, who was born with a facial difference, as he begins 5th grade. The story includes perspectives from Auggie, his classmates, his family and others, which converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion and acceptance.
Discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. This 2012 National Book Award Nonfiction winner carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century’s hidden worlds and into the lives of people impossible to forget.
Discuss The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, which combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and breathtaking suspense in an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless conspiracy of fate.
Discuss Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, a historical fiction adventure novel set around real 18th-century Scottish events and first published in 1886. The book raises moral issues around justice and the political situation of the time is portrayed from multiple viewpoints. Registration begins Monday, October 8.
Discuss a 2Book Topeka selection to be announced soon.
The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home by Charles Dickens is the third of his five Christmas novellas, first published in 1845. For years, this story was more popular on stage than A Christmas Carol and is praised for its depiction of the Victorian ideal of the happy home.