Cynthia Lord is a Maine treasure and don't you let anyone tell you different. Lord's talent lies in her ability to tell a good tale. One of her most-read titles is Rules. Catherine is twelve years old. She longs for friends and a normal existence, but finds life frustrating with an autistic brother. Her feelings become complicated when Catherine develops a close friendship with a young paraplegic.
A central theme in Lord's books is accepting people for who they are or who they can become. Though I liked Rules, my favorite was Touch Blue until I read A Handful of Stars, Lord's latest creation. Here, we have twelve-year-old Lily meeting Salma Santiago, a young hispanic girl whose family are migrant workers come to Maine to help with the blueberry harvest. As the two girls become close friends, they learn a hard lesson about prejudice. Believable and likeable characters, engaging writing, and, of course, the setting is always Maine.
Stop in the Library to check out A Handful of Stars. It is also available in our 3M Cloud Library as an ebook. Go here for more information on how to get ebooks on your device.