Children's Room Book Discussion

Darby is the title and the main character of the book selected for the next book club discussion in the children's room. Join me on Saturday, February 5, 2010 at 3:00 in the afternoon for a discussion of the book Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua.  It was chosen because it is a "We the People Bookshelf on A More Perfect Union" selection by the American Library Association.

This book is set in South Carolina after the Civil War and before the Civil Rights Movement. The characters represent the thinking of the day and expose those things we would rather forget.  As a nine-year-old, Darby is able to express her thoughts in words very well and makes an impact on her commmunity by contributing to the Bennettsville Times, the local newspaper, with a little help from her friend, Evette.

Darby has won much attention from various groups.  To name a few: Book Sense Top Five (Summer 2002), Girl's Life Magazine Top Ten (Summer 2002), Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner, and the Human Rights Citizenship Commission in Alberta, Canada.  It was a Mark Twain Award Finalist and an honorable mention for the Joan Sugarman Award which awards the best children's books in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The author, Jonathon Scott Fuqua has lived in Virginia and now resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

Judith Oliver, Children's Librarian, Northest Branch Library