Aside from the book clubs discussed above, we also have two author events. On Saturday morning, we have story time with Hayley Barrett. Her new book, Babymoon
, is bound to become the new classic baby shower book. It is lovingly written and illustrated. The book's illustrator, Juana Martinez-Neal, has recently won both a Caldecott Honor and the Pura Belpre Award for her books, Alma and How She Got Her Name
, and La Princesa and the Pea
Sunday, we have a young adult event. Author Kip Wilson spent nearly a decade working on White Rose
, which took several forms before becoming a YA novel in verse. The book centers on a teenage girl in Germany who ran leaflet campaigns protesting the Nazi regime during World War II, actions that eventually cost her her life. She'll be in conversation with local author and our Middle Grade Book Club leader, Rebecca Caprara, whose next book will be a novel in verse. I've read White Rose myself, and I thought it was phenomenal, and it was no surprise to see it featured for the launch of its imprint -- Versify
-- which is run by author Kwame Alexander
Finally, on Saturday night, stop by Gardner Field for Movie Night
! We'll be watching Sing, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. There will be pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers for sale, and the ABRHS Chorus will lead kids in a sing a long. The Friends of Gardner Field are trying to raise money to refurbish our neighborhood's playground, which is one of the hidden jewels of West Acton.