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In this first installment of the Lift Every Voice Virtual Book Club, author Elissa Brent Weissman will read from her highly acclaimed middle grade novel, The Length of a String, which won a silver medal in the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award competition. Elissa will answer questions about the book, about being a writer, about living in New Zealand, and more. The event will be moderated by The Ivy’s Children’s Literature Specialist, Rona London. The paperback edition was just released by Puffin Books and is available to order here.
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About the Book:
Imani knows exactly what she wants as her big bat mitzvah gift: to find her birth parents. She loves her family and her Jewish community in Baltimore, but she has always wondered where she came from, especially since she’s black and almost everyone she knows is white. Then her mom’s grandmother—Imani’s great-grandma Anna—passes away, and Imani discovers an old journal among her books. It’s Anna’s diary from 1941, the year she was 12 and fled Nazi-occupied Luxembourg alone, sent by her parents to seek refuge in Brooklyn, New York. Anna’s diary records her journey to America and her new life with an adoptive family of her own. And as Imani reads the diary, she begins to see her family, and her place in it, in a whole new way.
“The Length of a String is a resounding continuum of connection and search for self. As universal as it is personal. A must read.” —Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer
About the Author:
Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for children ages 8 and up. She is best known for the popular Nerd Camp series, which won the Cybils Award for middle grade fiction and was named a best summer read for middle graders in The Washington Post. The Short Seller, about a seventh-grade stock-trading whiz, was a Girls’ Life must-read and featured on NPR’s “Here and Now.” Elissa also created and edited Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids, a Junior Library Guild selection that was featured in Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Elissa lived in Baltimore for years and was named one of CBS Baltimore’s Best Authors in Maryland. She and her family moved to New Zealand in 2019.
TIME & DATE
Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:30pm