readergirlz are kicking off the new year with a historical murder. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly is an intriguing and intelligent look at life in 1906, with the Big Moose Lake murder case woven lightly into the plot. To learn more about the book and its author, consult the new issue of readergirlz.
Why We Picked It
"We are especially thrilled to welcome author Jennifer Donnelly to kick off our 2009 calendar, and to be reading A Northern Light to celebrate our January theme, Courage. A Northern Light takes place a hundred years ago at the turn of the last century, but her story could be equally true today - 16 year-old Mattie, a writer at heart, must overcome timeless obstacles to pursue her dreams and do what she is meant to do. We hope readergirlz will join us in welcoming Jennifer and talking about courage, dreams, and destiny." - Holly Cupala, readergirlz diva
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.
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!
British Readers, Take Note
In the UK, this book is published as A Gathering Light.
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.
Recent readergirlz Reads
Last month's featured book: How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot
Next month's featured book and author: No Laughter Here by Rita Williams-Garcia
Coming in March: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
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