Saturday, April 21, 2018
Fifteen-year-old Sunny steals a dictionary from a bookstore and is sentenced to a summer of community service at the local library. Under the supervision of slightly misanthropic librarian, Kit, and with the friendship of several library regulars, Sunny blossoms and Kit defrosts. If you've seen the movie, "Running on Empty," you've got a pretty good notion of where Sunny has come from and is heading.
Such a good book. It's a bit too complicated to summarize succinctly, operating as it does in two time frames and involving two crimes. The characters, especially Maryland State's Attorney Lu Bryant and her family, are strong, and the themes of family, friendship, loyalties, and local myths and legends are handled with grace.