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Nancy's Notes - October 23, 2014

“Remember Me Like This” by Bret Anthony Johnson, “A Long Time Gone” by Karen White, “Sleep in Peace Tonight” by James MacManus.

Last week was action packed. We started our toddler time and had seven moms and twelve children under three in attendance. It was great fun! That same afternoon we had the first of our two Fall Fun Days. Fourteen students kindergarten through third grade enjoyed decorating pumpkins, making a snack, and doing a few other Fall activities. Our second session will be held next Thursday with the third through fifth graders.
    Bret Anthony Johnson has written, “Remember Me Like This”, a thriller about family dynamics. Four years have passed since Justin Campbell’s disappearance. Did he run away? Was he kidnapped? Was he still alive? As the Campbell’s search for answers, they struggle to hold what’s left of their family together. Then, one afternoon the police call to report that Justin has been found only miles away, in the neighboring town, and  that he appears to be fine. Though the reunion is a miracle, Justin’s homecoming exposes the deep rifts that have diminished his family and the wounds they all carry that may never fully heal. Trying to return to normal, his parents do their best to ease Justin back into his old life. 
    Karen White’s, “A Long Time Gone”, takes place in the Mississippi Delta. When Vivien Walker left her home in the Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years later, that’s exactly what happens, Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her dreams of having children. What she hopes to find is solace with her dear grandmother who raised her. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the role of caretaker, challenging her quest to find the girl she herself once was.
    James MacManus’, “Sleep in Peace Tonight”, takes place January 1941, during the Blitz that is devastating England. Food supplies are low, Tube stations in London have become bomb shelters, and U-boats have hampered any hope of easy victory. Though the United States maintains its isolationist position, Churchill knows that England is finished without the aid of its powerful ally. Harry Hopkins, President Roosevelt’s most trusted adviser, is sent to London as his emissary, where he falls under  Churchill’s spell. As he experiences life in a country under attack, Hopkins questions the United States’ silence in the war. But back home FDR is paranoid about the isolationist lobby, and even Hopkins is having trouble convincing him to support the war.
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