Centennial Hall, Loos Room
733 N. Eighth St.
Hear Blue Balliett talk about her books. Check out one of her great titles from the library before the program. A book signing follows the event with books available to purchase from co-host Boswell Book Company.
Doors open at 6 p.m.; seating is first-come, first-served.
Eleven year old Early Pearl, her four year old brother Jubie and their parents, Dash and Sum, shared a small apartment in Chicago and had big dreams of owning their own home. Though life was not always perfect, the small space was home. When Early's father, Dash, goes mysteriously missing, life for the remaining three Pearls quickly unravels. Early, Jubie, and Sum are forced from their home and into the shelter system. While they struggle with poverty and homelessness, Early tries to uncover the mystery of her missing father and a connection to the book he left behind, The First Book of Rhythms by Langston Hughes. The clues combine math and rhythm and it seems that Early, who shares her father's love of language, is the only one who can uncover the truth of his disappearance. Blue Balliett blends her unique style of mystery, serious social issues, and wonderfully rich language in this beautifully poignant middle grade novel. Check catalog for availability.
Karli @ Central