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 as well as in talking about courage, dreams, and destiny. Help us welcome the fabulous Jennifer Donnelly!
In A Northern Light, 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.
A Northern Light has received a ton of honors:
Winner of the Carnegie Medal
Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize
Winner of New York State's Charlotte Award
A Michael Printz Honor Book
An ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
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